Report: 1 in 10 juvenile arrestees on meth

SAN DIEGO - New numbers show that 10 percent of youth booked into the San Diego County Juvenile Hall last year tested positive for methamphetamine use.

Of a sample of 134 arrestees, 13 tested positive for meth use, according to a report from San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). This is up from four percent in both 2011 and 2012. Of those, 92 percent were male and 85 percent were Hispanic. 85 percent had been previously arrested. The average age was 14.

The all-time high for meth use among arrestees was 21 percent in 2005.

Meanwhile, the number of overall meth-related deaths has continued to rise steadily over the last five years. There were 190 meth-related deaths in 2013, up from 142 in 2012.

The numbers were collected by SANDAG’s Substance Abuse Monitoring program.

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