Policymakers and officials have narrowed down the demographics in terms of who uses meth on a statistically significant scale. Although meth addiction crosses boundaries of age, race, gender and ethnicity, profiles of users in the most common categories, according to officialsand experts, include:
1. High school and college students and college athletes
2. White, blue-collar workers and men and women in their 20s and 30s who are jobless
3. Gay men and Youth (see related article on risk of HIV)
4. Young adults who attend "raves" or private clubs are increasingly using methamphetamine.
5. People in occupations that demand long hours, mental alertness, and physical endurance, have been using this drug at increased rates.
Meth abuse occurs across rural and urban boundaries. Usage is divided equally among both women and men. According to KCI, the national, government-run anti-meth site, the following pinpoints the demographics of users in terms of age:
Under the age of 18: 24 percent
18-23 years old: 35 percent
23-30 years old: 19 percent
30-40 years old: 13 percentAge
40 and above: six percent
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