Methamphetamine rehabilitation programs are a growing necessity in today’s society. The abuse of methamphetamine is a very serious problem in the United States. According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 10.4 million people age 12 or older (4.3 percent of the population) have tried methamphetamine at some time in their lives. This number is exponentially increasing by the day. With the “super labs” in Mexico and the ever increasing production in underground labs around America, we must learn to fight the battle from both sides. If we cannot slow down the production of methamphetamine, we must help those who have become addicted to this substance with methamphetamine rehabilitation programs.
Methamphetamine is relatively simple to manufacture. Although the precursor chemicals to make methamphetamine, such as ephedrine and pseudoephedrine and other key components, are regulated in the United States, the manufacturers can easily move their production to Mexico, which is exactly what meth manufacturers are doing. According to Discovery Health & Fit, Most meth in the United States is made in large labs –”superlabs”– in Mexico. Although the American government regulates the precursors used for methamphetamine production, the meth cooks still find a way to get these chemical, whether it is through theft, forgeries, personal connections and sheer willpower.
So in America, these meth labs are being set up in rural and suburban areas. After these houses are used for meth manufacturing, they are often uninhabitable. Large scale meth labs can be found in abandoned barns or warehouse. According to an article in The Oregonian, the influence of the superlabs is overlooked because although they account for the bulk of the drug’s production, they represent only 4 percent of the labs. The reality is that 80 percent of meth comes from super labs in Mexico.
How is methamphetamine obtained by the public?
Methamphetamine in America is produced by two sources. One source is the small, clandestine meth labs which account for about 20% of the meth being distributed in the states. The meth, created by the “mom and pop” labs, is usually distributed locally. The sales method is usually a word of mouth type distribution where no major “weight” is being distributed.
The other source is the meth being produced in Mexico in these superlabs, accounting for about 80% of the meth being distributed in the states. This methamphetamine is smuggled through the U.S. – Mexico border by Mexican Cartel. This meth is then shipped to major cities where it is distributed to local drug dealers. The weight is then divided into smaller portions, where it is then sold to street-level drug dealers. The street-level dealers then divide the meth into smaller portion, where it is sold to the public.
Effects of methamphetamine
When consumed, methamphetamine will cause the body to release large amounts of dopamine, which will give the user a euphoric feeling, false sense of well being, heightened alertness, and increased
energy. Because the meth provides a person with relief for a problem, the person’s brain will assign it value. When the person begins the come down process off of the meth, their brain will tell them they need more of the drug. This is how the addiction starts and will continue until the person abstains from the drug or succumbs to the fatal potential of the drug. Meth causes many short term and long term to a person.
Short Term Effects Include:
- Increased attention and decreased fatigue
- Increased activity and wakefulness
- Decreased appetite
- Euphoria and rush
- Increased respiration
- Rapid/irregular heartbeat
Long Term Effects Include:
- Repetitive motor activity
- Changes in brain structure and function
- Memory Loss
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Mood disturbances
- Severe dental problems
- Weight loss
Finding help for methamphetamine addiction
Over time, methamphetamine will destroy a person’s body. When the drug is abused on a daily basis, a person is not eating and is not getting adequate sleep. The addict will likely drop large amounts of weight from not eating and may begin to show signs of psychosis from lack of sleep, including; paranoia, auditory hallucinations, or visual hallucinations. When someone is high on meth, they will exhibit an extreme hyperactivity where they cannot sit still or stop talking. Prolonged abuse of meth can destroy a person’s brain functions and physical appearance. As a friend or loved one, you will begin to see these signs. When the addiction symptoms are spotted, do not allow yourself to be in denial of the situation.
For more information on methamphetamine rehabilitation programs call Narconon today at 800-468- 6933.