Methampetamine Use in the Great Plains

Goals

Determine people's perceptions around methamphetamine use in South Dakota and in the other plains area locations in the US. Identify also if there are statistics that show the effectiveness of anti-drug or anti-smoking campaigns. Determine also if there are studies around the pride of citizenship to South Dakota or other specific states. The information will be used for a presentation.

Early Findings

CONVERSATIONS AROUND METHAMPHETAMINES USE IN SOUTH DAKOTA

  • Based on a survey from South Dakota's Spink County Coalition, 44.83% stated that methamphetamine use is an "extreme problem" in their area.

EFFECTIVENESS OF ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGNS

  • South Dakota has implemented several campaigns in the past to curtail drug use in the state.
  • Country-wide, the US government has also shelled over one billion dollars to deploy several anti-drug use campaigns since 1998.
  • However, as per the statistics from South Dakota's Attorney General's office, the methamphetamine scourge became worse in the last few years.
  • For the year 2017, 3,390 people were arraigned for crimes that were fueled by methamphetamine use.
  • This number represents a 625% increase from the previous count of 467 in 2002.
  • The number of incarcerated women methamphetamine users also jumped by 35% in the last five years.
  • According to a study, South Dakota had the highest number of youths who were arrested for drug use compared to the other states.
  • South Dakota did 45 arrests per 10,000 residents.
  • The state's felony drug-related arraignments also jumped by 20% compared to the previous year.

PRIDE OF CITIZENSHIP STUDY

  • Based on a study by the Psychological Science journal, 21% of Texans surveyed were proud of their state for contributing the most to the country's history.
  • Virginia and Delaware manifested the highest levels of state-level narcissism.
  • According to the YouGov-Cambridge Globalist Project research, Americans are the most likely to state that the US is the "best in the world."

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