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The situation: So far, methamphetamine has barely registered
with the population of Maryland. Law enforcement has busted
only 13 clandestine labs since 2004, about what nation-leading
Tennessee would see in five days. Only once in six years have
Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized more than one
kilogram of meth.


-- Meth labs uncovered by law enforcement
Year             2004    2005    2006    2007    2008    2009    2010
Lab busts       2          3         5         0         1          0         2 
(Source: El Paso Intelligence Center)

-- Maryland high schools students who say they have used
methamphetamine at least once. The U.S. average for all
students in 2009 was 4.1%.
Year                               2005     2007      2009   
Total                               4.0%    3.0%     4.3%
9th grade                        2.4%     1.7%     4.0%
10th grade                      2.8%     2.7%     3.6%
11th grade                      3.3%     3.0%     4.3%
12th grade                      8.4%     4.0%     5.1%
(Source: Centers for Disease Control):

-- Drug Enforcement Administration seizures of meth, in
kilograms (note: 1 kg. = 2.2 lbs.)
Year            2005    2006    2007    2008    2009    2010
Seized          0.7       0.6      0.0       4.9      0.5       0.5
(Source: Drug Enforcement Administration)


Speaking of meth

"We have a sporadic issue with methamphetamine from time to time and this training helps us to better recognize and deal with the problem. In the past we might see a soda bottle with what looks like debris inside that is really a toxic and dangerous drug," according to Captain Alioto.
- St. Mary's County BCI Vice Narcotics Captain Daniel Alioto on recent appearances of "one-pot" meth cooking in Maryland
Treatment admissions
Primary drugs at admission
in 2010 (does not include alcohol or multiple drugs)

Heroin
Marijuana
Cocaine
Opiates*
26.8%
18.8%
11%
9.6%
PCP    1%
Tranquilizers    0.8%
Meth   0.2%
* - other than heroin
(Source: Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services) Administration)