San Marcos, California, is one of many cities in the northern region of San Diego County, and it has a population of almost 92,000.1 It experiences the same beautiful landscape, great weather, and opportunities as the rest of in San Diego—it also experiences similar problems with illicit drugs as the rest of the county.
One of the drugs often found in the San Diego region is methamphetamine. In the early 2000s, meth was a serious problem across the United States, with numerous small-scale meth labs producing the drug for locals who developed an addiction to it. Now, after law enforcement crackdowns on meth labs in the U.S., there are fewer of them, but so-called “super labs” in Mexico now produce high-purity meth and ship it north, often through San Diego.2
A drug threat assessment from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) found that meth was involved in many crimes in San Diego County, while other drugs were responsible for very few. Interestingly, marijuana, a drug often blamed for criminal activity, was responsible for none. However, the DEA reported that meth seizures along the Mexico-California border rose 157% between 2012 and 2016.3
Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous stimulant, so it is important to find safe, medically supervised treatment at a detox and rehabilitation program. Learn more about your treatment options through the resources on this page.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.