Meth-related deaths in San Diego County reach record high

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Meth Strike Force revealed their 2019 report card on Monday, which shows a record number of people dying from meth in San Diego County.

A total of 483 San Diegans died from meth last year, which is a more than 30 percent increase when compared to last year. The figure for 2018 is 106 more deaths than the number reported in 2016 when a then-record 377 meth fatalities were reported.The figure for 2018 is 106 more deaths than the number reported in 2016 when a then-record 377 meth fatalities were reported.

The report shows the drug is stronger than ever, cheaper than ever and it is still infiltrating the county via Mexico at an alarming rate.

The San Diego County Meth Task Force has created a “call to action” that involves promoting treatment options and preventing drug use in young people.

“It’s the No. 1 issue in our county,” said San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. “It’s linked to so much violent crime, many of our homicides, and our elder abuse, and our child abuse are linked to methamphetamine.”

The full report can be found here .

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