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San Diego: Meth Is Difficult To Get

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San Diego officials reported that meth is now more difficult to get in the area. The report comes from analysis of a survey conducted among 764 arrested men and women who were questioned about drugs and also tested for urine.

The survey is conducted by the San Diego Association of Governments and reports significant decrease of illegal drug use among arrestees. In 2007, 67% of arrestees reported drug use with 57% men compared to 66% men in 2006, and 69% women compared to 75% women in 2006. The rate is the lowest in the past seven years. Fifty percent of users reported difficulties in finding methamphetamine during the past 30 days before being arrested.

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Drug users reported that it is much difficult to find cocaine, than marijuana, which is now the main drug available. Overall, illegal drugs are no harder to find for 'street-level' users, than previously.

According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration the decline is thanks to a legislation, which took effect in 2005 and prohibited 'precursor chemicals' to be sold widely. Precursor chemicals are the most important elements for self-made drugs. The legislation succeeded, but at the same time it opened US doors for Mexican drugs.

Currently, most illegal drugs come from Mexico, but the supply is also limited because of a similar law passed in Mexico limiting ephedrine and pseudoephedrine sale, which are also key components for home-made drugs. Besides, it is now harder to import drugs to US from Mexico and the drugs now go to Europe instead.

Cynthia Burke, public safety director of the San Diego Association of Governments said: "Even though we've had some successes, this is not the time to say the battle is over." Although illegal drug use declines, anti-drug strategies still need to be improved.