Report Finds Sharp Rise in Treatment Rates for Meth Abuse

MARCH 2, 2006 - Posted at 4:25 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking treatment for methamphetamine abuse is rising sharply.

A government report finds the number more than quadrupled from 1993 to 2003.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report says states in the Midwest and South that had few meth abuse patients a decade ago are seeing a spike in admissions to treatment centers.

The study finds 28,000 people were admitted across the country for treatment in 1993.  The number rose to nearly 136,000 patients in 2003.

The report says treatment admissions for meth and amphetamine in the Northeast remain low.

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