There has been a rise in meth use in San Diego country within the last several years.
Between 2008 and 2012, the number of deaths in San Diego due to methamphetamine increased by 55 percent, with 217 dying due to meth in 2012.
Between the same time period, there was an increase of 56 percent in arrests of people buying and selling meth in San Diego.
36 percent of people arrested in San Diego in 2012 tested positive for meth in their system, compared to 24 percent in 2008.
144 meth drug trafficking cases were prosecuted in federal court in 2008. In 2013, federal prosecutors handled 910 meth cases.
Back in the 1980s, San Diego had the unofficial title of being the meth capital of the world. During that time period, security services believed that the close proximity to Mexico, along with open spaces to create meth labs and operations of bikers gangs all contributed to the meth industry.
Source: Tony Perry, “Meth makes comeback in San Diego, once the ‘capital,’ officials say,” Los Angeles Times, LA Now, February 8, 2014.