Initiation of Methamphetamine Use in the US

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"In 2018, 205,000 people aged 12 or older initiated methamphetamine use in the past year (Figures 26 and 30), which averages to about 560 people per day who initiated methamphetamine use (Table A.3A). The number of past year initiates in 2018 for methamphetamine use was similar to the numbers in 2015 to 2017. In 2018, an estimated 31,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 used methamphetamine for the first time in the past year (Figure 30). The number of adolescents in 2018 who were methamphetamine initiates was similar to the numbers in 2015 to 2017.

"Also in 2018, an estimated 68,000 young adults aged 18 to 25 and 106,000 adults aged 26 or older initiated methamphetamine use in the past year (Figure 30). The number of young adults who initiated methamphetamine use averages to about 190 young adult initiates per day (Table A.3A). Among young adults and adults aged 26 or older, the numbers of methamphetamine initiates in 2018 were similar to the corresponding numbers in 2015 to 2017."

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP19-5068, NSDUH Series H-54). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
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