Report says state’s meth costs total $1.4 billion |

Report says state’s meth costs total $1.4 billion

DENVER, Colorado ” A new report estimates that methamphetamine abuse costs Colorado $1.4 billion a year in lost productivity at work, medical care, social services and law enforcement.

The report by the state Methamphetamine Task Force was released Wednesday. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, the task force chairman, says the West is a hot spot for meth abuse because of its proximity to Mexico, where the drug is produced in large labs.

One of the problems spurred by meth abuse is identity theft. Suthers says two-thirds of identity thefts in Colorado are committed by meth addicts.

The state task force was formed in 2006 and is set to expire next year.

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