National Association of Counties conducted two national surveys in
late 2005 concerning illicit drugs and the impact they have on health
care. The results show the stress Meth is causing on our health care
system and county resources.
By the numbers:
of hospitals surveyed that say Meth is the #1 illicit drug involved for
visits to their facility
of hospitals surveyed report that ER visits involving Meth has grown over
the past 5 years
that people needing medical treatment for a Meth related emergency have no
NACo also surveyed behavioral health officials in 35 states about drug
treatment programs and how they have been affected by the Meth epidemic.
Of the officials who responded:
69% report an increased need for programs due to growing use of
54% say the success rate for Meth treatment is different than other
for other programs
44% report that Meth addicts require a longer treatment time
63% feel they do not nave sufficient treatment capacity for Meth
addicts in their county – of those,
57% say the reason is lack of funding.
the complete report on these surveys
here. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access the report; download a
free Adobe Acrobat Reader here.