Meth and Native Peoples



Methamphetamine has disproportionately devastated Native American tribal communities. Native Americans now experience the highest meth usage rates of any ethnic group in the nation, according to a 2006 study from the National Congress of American Indians. The study also found that:

Native communities abuse meth at nearly three times higher rates that than Caucasians.

74 percent of tribal police forces rank meth as the greatest drug threat.

40 percent of violent crime is attributable to meth.

69 percent of tribal respondents indicated that they had no tribal-sponsored meth rehab centers.

Native American teens and young adults are two to three times more likely than non-natives to use meth.

Parental meth addiction accounts for 65 percent of all cases involving child neglect and placement of Indian children in foster care

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