Rise in Meth Use as Heroin Use Drops in OH

Ohio Law enforcement and treatment center officials are seeing a trend of drug users turning to methamphetamine out of fear of heroin's deadly consequences. Numbers across the state and locally reflect that trend from samples sent to Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation to indictments through the U.S. 23 Task Force. In 2016, the U.S. 23 Task Force reported it seized 44 grams of methamphetamine. Last year, it reported it seized 1,130 grams of meth.

According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the number of meth cases BCI has processed in recent years is trending upward. In 2015, the agency processed 2,050 methamphetamine cases. The following year, the number jumped nearly 1,000. Last year, the agency processed over 5,300 methamphetamine cases and as of Feb. 1 this year, they've processed 912 cases. In comparison, the number of heroin cases the BCI has processed has gone down in recent years from 6,832 in 2015 to 4,193 in 2017.

Officials say they're seeing the same two kinds of meth, created through different manufacturing processes. One-pot meth, according to Det. Derek Wallace, is made for personal use, and users can cook a gram or two in about an hour for themselves. Crystal meth, or "ice," on the other hand, is mass produced and imported, he added.

Another thing potentially affecting the increase in meth is the cost discrepancy between meth and heroin. According to Wallace, an ounce of meth costs anywhere from $400 to $700, while an ounce of clean heroin runs between $2,200 and $2,400. In talking to drug users in their daily work, the detectives agreed they think users are switching to methamphetamine because they think it's safer. "One thing a few people have told us is they've switched to meth because they have too many friends dying from the heroin overdoses, so they're afraid to use it," Det. Sam Taczak, of Chillicothe Police Department's narcotics unit, said.

Reference: https://www.chillicothegazette.com/story/news/crime/high-in-ohio/2018/02/25/fear-heroin-turning-drug-users-toward-methamphetamine/346133002/
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  • thanks for that information. i can see why they are switching... maybe if the prices go up on meth, they'll be forced to think about quitting all together. my mind can't fathom that kind of money being spent on drugs...
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