The study found that methamphetamine abuse imposes a significant and disproportionate burden on both individuals and society in money spent on treatment, healthcare, and foster care services, as well as the costs of crime and lost productivity associated with the drug. In 2007, 32% of federal drug offenses in
“Methamphetamine is crippling our state. We spend millions each year on Meth-related incarcerations alone, and yet the number of addicts in
In response to the growing Meth problem in the state, Attorney General Baker and other key state leaders are working with the private sector to establish the Georgia Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. Central to the program will be a statewide research-based messaging campaign that communicates the risks of Meth use, paired with community outreach programs. The Meth Project currently operates in
“Our goal in sponsoring this study was to provide a definitive economic cost estimate of the Meth problem that legislators and regulators can consider while establishing social priorities,” said Tom Siebel, founder and chairman of the Meth Project. “This appears to be a preventable problem. The staggering economic and human costs of Meth use can be avoided.”
The Georgia Meth Project campaign will focus on preventing Meth use among the state’s most vulnerable population, its young people. According to the Department of Health, 51% of people entering treatment for Meth in
To view the full results of the RAND study, please visit www.methproject.org.
[i] ONDCP, Profile of Drug Indicators, State of
[iii] Center for Disease Control, Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, 2008