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How Bad Is the U.S. Meth Problem?

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How Bad Is the U.S. Meth Problem?

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How Bad Is the U.S. Meth Problem?

How Bad Is the U.S. Meth Problem?

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Media reports call methamphetamine use a widespread, fast-rising problem. But a new study from the Sentencing Project claims that nationwide use of meth is rare, and some analysts say use is not increasing. Guests on the program examine the depth of the meth problem.

Guests:

Ryan S. King, policy analyst for The Sentencing Project; author of new report: "The Next Big Thing? Methamphetamine in the United States"

Joe Dunn, associate legislative director of the National Association of Counties (NACO)

Maia Szalavitz, drug policy expert and senior fellow at media watchdog group STATS; author of Help At Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids

Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment