Nationwide, from 2012-2021, there were a total 68,400 cases reported to all Poison Control Centers that mentioned methamphetamine exposure. Methamphetamine was the single exposure mentioned on the call for 32,979 (48.2%) of those cases, while the rest mentioned methamphetamine exposure along with exposure to at least one other substance.
From 2012-2021, the number of calls to the Poison Control Center mentioning methamphetamine exposure increased 137%, and calls mentioning methamphetamine as the single exposure increased 69% (Figures 1-2).
In Los Angeles County (LAC) from 2014-2019, there were a total of 25,311 reports for poison exposure calls to Poison Control Centers (Figure 3). Of the 3,878 Poison Control Systems reported for drugs in 2019, 14.5% were for illicit drugs.
Methamphetamine has been the most common illicit drug exposure that callers to the Poison Control Centers called about for help since 2012, followed by marijuana, heroin, and cocaine (Figure 4).
. Poison control system reports (calls) by illicit drug, LAC
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National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). Los Angeles County Sentinel Community Site (SCS) Drug Use Patterns and Trends. 2015-2020.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 2019, May 16. Methamphetamine DrugFacts. Retrieved from https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine on 2020, Jan 28