References

1. Brzeczko AW, Leech R, Stark JG. The advent of a new pseudoephedrine product to combat methamphetamine abuse .Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2013;39(5):284-290.

2. State-Specific Statistics

National

  • Nicosia N, Pacula RL, Kilmer B, Lundberg R, Chiesa J. 2009. The economic cost of methamphetamine use in the United States, 2005. Available at: http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG829.pdf. Accessed January 29, 2014.

North Carolina

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.
  • US Census Bureau. Census Regions and Divisions of the United States. Southeastern states based on Divisions 5 and 6.

South Carolina

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Florida

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Alabama

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Tennessee

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Virginia

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

West Virginia

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Kentucky

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Indiana

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.
  • US Census Bureau. Census Regions and Divisions of the United States. Midwestern states based on Divisions 3 and 4.

Missouri

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Oklahoma

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

Ohio

  • US Census Bureau. Census Regions and Divisions of the United States. Midwestern states based on Divisions 3 and 4.

3. Data on file, Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Palatine, IL.

4. “Did You Know?” References

In 2012, 440,000 Americans age 12+ had used meth in the past year.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. National Survey on Drug Use and Health. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.pdf. Published 2013. Accessed January 28, 2014.

3.8% of high school students in the US have tried meth.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Surveillance Summaries, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(No. SS-4):103. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6104.pdf. Accessed January 28, 2014.

In 2012, 11,000+ meth labs were found in the US.

  • Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine lab incidents, 2004-2012.
  • Calculations based on comparisons between 2011 and 2012 totals.

In 2011, 28% of law enforcement officials nationwide reported meth as the greatest drug threat to their regions, which is a higher percentage than any other drug.

  • NNational Drug Intelligence Center. National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment (Johnstown, PA: US Dept. of Justice, Nov.) http://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs44/44849/44849p.pdf. Accessed January 28, 2014.

5. Labeling of nasal decongestant products. 21 CFR §341.80.

6. Interactive Calculation References

Nicosia N, Pacula RL, Kilmer B, Lundberg R, Chiesa J. 2009. The economic cost of methamphetamine use in the United States, 2005. http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG829.pdf. Accessed April10, 2014.

Sudafed® Congestion ingredients. http://www.sudafed.com/products/adult/sinus-congestion/sudafed-congestion#Ingredients. Accessed April 10, 2014.

Walden J. The top 100 drug store markets. Chain Drug Review. October 22, 2012:44.

Calculation Assumptions

These calculations are based on assumptions supported by various publicly available reports. They are intended for illustrative purposes only and may not fully represent the scope of the methamphetamine epidemic or the actual costs associated with methamphetamine in your community or state. This calculation assumes 10% of PSE boxes sold in your pharmacy are converted into methamphetamine.

Calculations are based on

  • The amount of pseudoephedrine (30 mg) in a 24-tablet box of Sudafed®
  • The number of kilograms of methamphetamine seized in 2005 in the United States
  • The number of pharmacies in each state
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