50 Meth Deaths in Stockton Area
Posted by Childress on June 5, 2006
California's San Joaquin County, just south of Sacramento, is seeing a big increase in meth use … and meth deaths, according to this AP report:
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) Methamphetamine killed 50 San Joaquin County residents last year, more than any other illegal drug, a county coroner's report said.
Heroin, which killed 15 people in the county between 2004 and 2005, has been second to methamphetamine for four straight years, the coroner said.
County drug treatment programs have seen demand quadruple in the past five years due to meth, officials said.
"Meth is undercover in so many ways," said Gospel Center Rescue Mission drug counselor Joseph Tabangcura. "It's hiding behind violence. It's hiding behind the gangs."