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Local meth use doesn't follow national trend

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RICHLAND, Wash.—A new government survey says meth use has dropped significantly, but how does the local area compare to the national trends?  You may be surprised.

According to a new government study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the use of metaphor has been cut by half since 2006, but locally, we aren't following the same trend.

"We're still seeing a lot of meth use coming in across a wide range of age groups," says Jim Mason, addictions counselor at Recovery Pointe.

Mason says primarily people 20 to 35 are using, but he sees it across the board.  Police also say drug use does not discriminate against age, ethnicity or social class.  

"Some things will come into favor for a while and then fade as other drugs become more fashionable," says Captain Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.

So, why aren't we seeing a decline if most of the country is?

"In part its that the Yakima Valley area was where originally meth production started in this county, and it grew from here and spread into other regions," says Mason.

Mason says because meth production is entrenched in our society it will take time to re-educate the community.  He says prevention is the number one way to help and next comes recovery.

If you or someone you know has a drug addiction, Recovery Pointe in Richland can help.  Call 943-8484.

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