Law enforcement officials in the Midwest are seeing an increase in Mexican made drugs. Mexican produced synthetics, such as marijuana and methamphetamines, have been gaining popularity in this area of the country. The drugs are smuggled in through the Texas border, the Rio Grande Valley area, and Arizona and transported around the country.
In Lubbock, synthetic marijuana continues to be the most popular drug issue; however, officials have noticed a rise in methamphetamines. More people are showing on police radars under the influence, a dangerous confrontation for law enforcement officers. Police who approach people under the influence have no idea what they are capable of. The person can become violent at any moment; the chemicals in the synthetics can affect a person immediately. The drugs are most commonly purchased in the shadows of smoke shops. Police are increasing their efforts to keep the drugs off the streets, but as they are synthetics the drug compositions change quickly. It is difficult to confiscate when it is unrecognized.
Drug dealers are not limiting their exchanges to the streets. The boom of social media and the ever-growing internet have opened up a new market for them. Police try to keep up with their methods; some posts on social media sites like Facebook have led to drug busts and arrests. In 2012, police seized 102.9 grams of meth in Lubbock County. 2013’s numbers tallied up into the 800s. Police normally confiscate the drug during arrests for related crimes, like property crimes and assaults. They have found that the drug is a significant risk to children because they are packaged in bright colors.
The country’s growing acceptance of marijuana pose a different kind of problem with officials, though. Right now, officials are finding marijuana plants in closets or other places. While meth labs are a more dangerous find, with the slowly spreading legalization of marijuana, police might less to go on in terms of drug busts. Colorado’s 2013 legalization of marijuana might prove to be another avenue for the drug to be brought into Lubbock. The effects of synthetic marijuana can mimic that of methamphetamine; some might even be laced with the stimulant and passed off as marijuana. Those under the influence have been known to do irrational things, including violence, crime, and psychotic behavior.
Effects of Meth on the Body
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, psychoactive substance most often a white, odorless powder that dissolves in water and alcohol. Methamphetamine was first developed in the early 20th century from amphetamines in nasal sprays and bronchial inhalers. It causes increased talkativeness, decreased appetite, and euphoria. Methamphetamine is more potent than its parent drug; more of the drug gets to the brain, and it has longer effects on the body.
Methamphetamine is currently listed as a Schedule II drug, meaning it is only legally available through prescription. Prescription drugs like it have been cleared as treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Methamphetamine has a high probability of addiction. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, methamphetamines accounted for 103,000 trips to the emergency room in 2011, making it the fourth most used illicit drug. Methamphetamines are most prevalent in the West and Midwest regions of the United States.
Methamphetamines can be ingested a variety of different ways, including smoking, injecting, and snorting depending on how soon the user wants to feel the euphoric effects. Because the effects of methamphetamine disappear before the drug is completely gone from the bloodstream, users take more of the drug to keep up the high. Some even avoid sleep for days and use meth to maintain the effects.