SAN DIEGO (AP) — A survey of people held in San Diego County's jails finds methamphetamine use is spiking as cheap, pure product arrives from Mexico.
Gary Hill, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, tells U-T San Diego the rise in meth use is being felt nationwide, but especially along the Southwest border.
Hill says that with laws in place that restrict the sale of pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient for home-cooked meth — the supply of methamphetamine has shifted to "superlabs" operated by drug cartels in Mexico.
He says the market is flooded with large amounts of high quality meth and prices are plummeting.
In 2012, the most recent data available, 47 percent of women and 31 percent of men jailed in the county tested positive for meth.
Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com
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