Meth use plummets, marijuana use rises

ROCKVILLE, MD (WDAM) - A new study released by the federal government shows methamphetamine and cocaine use is down across the United States while marijuana use is on the rise.

Meth use dropped by 50 percent from 2006 to 2010, according to a report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The number dropped from 731,000 users in 2006 to 353,000 in 2010.

Cocaine use has also declined by nearly half, the report said. In addition, tobacco and alcohol use declined by about one percent in the same time.

More people are smoking marijuana than in years previous, said researchers. Pot use has risen from 5.8 percent of Americans to 6.9 percent.

Meth use has been curbed in part by efforts to shut down high-volume manufacturing facilities in Mexico. Marijuana use is on the rise, researchers said, because laws are become looser in regard to the plant's growth and use.

Two states, Mississippi and Oregon, require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine. In Mississippi, meth lab seizures have dropped by nearly 70 percent since the law was passed in 2010. Still, users can purchase pseudoephedrine in all neighboring states.

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