Tucson Citizen (09.19.07) - Thursday, September 20, 2007
A survey of US high school students found that many would try
methamphetamine, according to data released Tuesday. The Palo
Alto, Calif.-based nonprofit Meth Project commissioned the
research, which was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and
Media March 16 through June 6. Surveyors interviewed 2,602
students ages 12-17 from 43 randomly chosen US high schools.
The study has a 2 percent margin of error.
According to the research, one in three youths saw little to
no risk in trying methamphetamine. Nearly one in four youths
believe the drug "makes you feel euphoric or happy" and aids
in weight loss. The same proportion thought it would be "very"
or "somewhat" easy to obtain methamphetamine. One in six
youths either had a friend or family member who had used the
drug or been treated for meth addiction.
One in 10 youths surveyed had been offered methamphetamine.
Nonetheless, three-fourths of the youths remain strongly
opposed to using the drug. Fifty-five percent of those
surveyed said they had never discussed meth with their
"For kids, meth is death," Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of
CDC, told reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill. She
said the drug is often a factor in preventable, deadly
accidents such as automobile collisions involving teens.
Aiming to dissuade first-time use, the Meth Project has run a
shockingly frank anti-meth campaign in Montana since 2005.
Since then, the project reports use of the drug has dropped by
50 percent among state youths. The project has similar
campaigns in Arizona, Illinois, and Idaho.
"Advertising works," said Gerberding. The same advertising
approach that sells toothpaste "helps motivate kids not to use
this drug," she said.