Initiation of Methamphetamine Use in the US

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"There were 225,000 past year initiates of methamphetamine aged 12 or older in 2015 (Figure 18), which averages to about 600 people per day who initiated methamphetamine use. In 2015, an estimated 24,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17, 91,000 young adults aged 18 to 25, and 110,000 adults aged 26 or older used methamphetamine for the first time in the past year. In 2015, the average age at first methamphetamine use among recent methamphetamine initiates aged 12 to 49 was 25.8 years (Figure 11)."


Lipari, R. N., Williams, M. R., Copello, E. A. P., & Pemberton, M. R. (2016, October). Risk and protective factors and estimates of substance use initiation: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. NSDUH Data Review, p. 15. Retrieved from

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