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The situation: On April 5, 2006 Oregon became the first state in the union to require a prescription for anyone purchasing medications  containing pseudoephedrine, the primary ingredient used in cooking methamphetamine. Coming on the heels of two prior precursor drug rulings, the Oregon law all but shut down clandestine labs in the state. That is not to say the meth problem as vanished from the state. Over the past five years the percentage of drug treatment admissions related to meth has ranged from twice to three times the national average (see chart below).

Meth in Oregon

-- Number of people admitted to drug treatment for amphetamine-
related addictions and the percentage of all admissions that were
related to amphetamines (mostly meth).
Year                  2005       2006     2007      2008     2009    2010
Number          10,062     9,228     8,805     7,361    6,450    n/a
Percentage      21.1%    18.8%   16.8%    13.9%   12.9%   n/a
(Note: the national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

-- Seizures of methamphetamine in Oregon by agents of the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA). Seizure amounts are in kilograms
(note: 1 kg. = 2.2 lbs.):
Year                 2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Seizures           59.1      50.7      19.5     34.1      29.8     12.1
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration

Speaking of meth

"Let's stop trying to pretend it's somebody else's problem, or a problem somewhere else. "There is drug use in every community."
-Caleb Banta-Green, University of Washington drug epidemiologist, on a study that found traces of methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs in sewage treatment plants.

Oregon Partnership Youthline
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Governor's Methamphetamine Task Force Report

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Bottom falls out of the meth lab business
The number of busts fell by more than 98% as the state cracked down on precursors
2004          2005             2006             2007            2008             2009           2010
Student meth use
Percentage of 11th graders who say they have used meth in their life:
Oregon     U.S. avg.
Source: Oregon Student Risk Behavior survey; Centers for Disease Control survey, 2009;