Anti-meth campaign shines light on South Dakota statistics
PIERRE, S.D. — While South Dakota’s newest campaign against methamphetamine has sparked critiques far and wide, it is highlighting the epidemic affecting the state.
Gov. Kristi Noem’s office released statistics related to meth use in South Dakota on Wednesday. The numbers come from the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health
In 2017, 1.6 million Americans said that they used meth. In South Dakota, the number of 12-17-year-olds who tried meth was twice the national average.
Eighty-three percent of drug cases in South Dakota courts this year have been meth-related.
Gov. Noem’s office says that these numbers alone illustrate the need for the state’s campaign.