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Methamphetamine

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Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or a pill. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. It is chemically similar to amphetamine [a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder]. Read the DrugFacts

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Methamphetamine for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2016 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Methamphetamine Lifetime 0.60 [0.70] 1.20
Past Year 0.40 [0.40] 0.60
Past Month 0.30 0.20 0.30

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Methamphetamine for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2016 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Methamphetamine Lifetime 5.40 0.30 2.40 6.50
Past Year 0.50 0.10 0.80 0.50
Past Month 0.20 0.00 0.20 0.30

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