The growing meth epidemic
Methamphetamine is the most addictive stimulant drug to man. The high from meth lasts 12 times longer than cocaine and causes severe damages to the victims. It is the type of amphetamine stimulant drug that is available in many forms like pills, chalks, dry ice, and powder and has pink, orange, yellow-grey and crystalline white color. It can be injected, snorted and smoked and can also be consumed as dissolved in alcohol and water. It has not only amphetamine in its composition but it also contains other chemicals to increase its potency like pseudoephedrine, antifreeze that adversely affects its users and also have many damaging effects to the environment.
It has been reported by United Nations Office on drugs and crime that the annual production of meth is approximately 500 metric tons with 24.7 million abusers. The UN government states that there are nearly 13 million teenagers who have used methamphetamine at least once in their life and over 529,000 are regular users. In the United States, the percentage of drug treatment admissions due to methamphetamine and amphetamine abuse tripled from 3% in 1996 to 9% in 2006. Some states have much higher percentages, such as Hawaii, where 48.2% of the people seeking help for drug or alcohol abuse in 2007 were methamphetamine users. It has been widely abused in the Czech Republic. There it is called Pervitin and is produced in small hidden ‘Superlaboratories’ and a limited number of larger ones. Consumption is primarily domestic but Pervitin is also exported to other parts of Europe and Canada. The Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia and Latvia reported amphetamines and methamphetamine as accounting for between 20% and 60% of those seeking drug abuse treatment. In south Asia it is widely used and commonly sold in the form of pills and known as ‘yada’ in Thailand while ‘Shabu’ in Philippines.
The use of meth is quite dangerous for health as it causes severe infections and diseases not only to the consumers but also to those who are living in the environment that is in close vicinity to the abusers. In its harmful effects increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature are mostly seen. It causes severe weight loss, severe tooth decay and severe skin infections as well. It can be taken in injections so its abuse is also a major cause of HIV/AIDS and other contagious viral infections such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
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