Meth addiction seemed to hit a peak quite a few years ago and weaned once the opioid crisis hit the scene. It was still there, but more underground. Now, methamphetamine is making a resurgence. Due to focus on the opioid epidemic, attention has shifted away from vulnerable people who are falling into meth addiction or simply being overlooked.
Methamphetamine on the Streets
Methamphetamine, known as ‘meth,’ is a stimulant drug that is white, bitter-tasting as a powder, or comes in pill form. Crystal meth is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. It is similar chemically to amphetamine (used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy). Meth can be swallowed, smoked, or injected. It floods the brain with dopamine, creating a high. Meth use may increase energy and mental alertness, but also causes paranoia, anxiety, and insomnia. A person may experience rapid weight loss, tooth decay, and skin lesions long-term. Violent behavior and hallucinations are common for people who abuse meth.
Helping People with Addiction
People who are addicted to meth do not have a medication like naloxone to help them overcome an overdose. Meth overdoses usually result from cardiac or cardiovascular complications, strokes, or seizures. Meth use is prevalent today more than ever and continues to flood the market. Thousands of people die from meth poisoning each year. Looking ahead, it is important to seek ways of helping people find support for addiction to help them combat the challenges they face.
The focus should not fall exclusively on eliminating addiction to meth. Prevention is the key along with proper treatment for people who fall into the trap of addiction. The challenge is getting information out there to support people who struggle. Investing in evidence-based prevention programs and treatments is the most beneficial economically. The societal, health, and financial costs remain high for people who struggle with addiction, family members, and loved ones of those in need. When looking at evidence-based approaches and treatments, they are typically economically the best fit for many people but it is not cheap to battle addiction. The cost to a person’s life long term in battling it can be astronomical, as well as lethal. In terms of providing support, more prevention is good but also providing treatment options that support a person in getting clean and helping them live a long, healthy life that is drug-free will be in the best interests of everyone. While this is not a cure for addiction, it is the best hope many people have who are on the frontlines of this challenging epidemic.
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