San Diego County is experiencing a surge in methamphetamine use, reports Los Angeles Times. San Diego was once considered the “meth capital” of the United States in the 1980s, but meth use had declined in the decades since. Now, meth use is again on the rise, with deaths from meth increasing 55% from 2008 to 2012.
Arrests for meth sales and possession are also up since 2008, along with the percentage of people testing positive for meth at the time of their arrest. San Diego County officials said the county prosecuted 144 methamphetamine drug crimes; in 2013, that number rose to 910.
Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, told Los Angeles Times, “Make no mistake. Meth is death.”