Due to the fact that Oklahoma has been identified as a distribution point for Methamphetamine, it is all the more vital that Meth prevention is widely implemented.
Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) January 15, 2015
The Current Methamphetamine Scene
According to a recent article in the EMissourian published in December of 2014, Franklin County, Missouri has a long history of being plagued by Methamphetamine labs, and a 2014 investigation by the county Narcotics Enforcement Unit determined some factors which are influencing the overall decrease in the growth of labs.
According to the article, one factor which influenced the four-year decline in growth was the adoption of laws at the city, and county level which required a prescription to obtain medications which contain pseudoephedrine—the vital ingredient necessary to making Meth.
The article says that another influencing factor was found to be the decrease in the tremendous amount of crystal meth being brought across the southern border from Mexico, where it is manufactured in “super labs,” and trafficked to the U.S. states.
Identifying the Methamphetamine distribution channels through Kansas City, Oklahoma and Nebraska initiated a shift in focus by the drug task force to those sources bringing in the Mexican crystal meth.
The article also adds that drug task force investigators determined that a number of individuals will pool their funds, and make a trip to the Kansas City area in order to buy a quantity of meth. They will then return to their local area, selling the drug in smaller quantities to make their profit.
Profits are then re-invested, and the drug-buying and re-selling process is repeated.
Investigator found that some groups will make trips daily to the dealers who are selling the imported crystal meth.
A Highly Addictive Drug
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that affects the users’ central nervous system. It is highly addictive according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Its widespread use has been fueled by both its addictive nature, and because it can be produced in homes using over-the-counter ingredients in addition to being produced in high-tech laboratories.
Another factor influencing its widespread use is the fact it is prescribed to individuals diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--a condition which has yet to be scientifically tested or proven) under the brand name of Desoxyn.
Methamphetamine can also be found on the streets in the likes of crystal meth.
Methamphetamine users can take the drug orally, snort it, smoke it, or inject it.
The nature of the drug lends itself to binging and crashing. Due to the initial drug-induced euphoria disappearing when the drug content in the user’s blood drops significantly, it drives the user to take more Meth in an effort to maintain their drug high.
The smoking of crystal methamphetamine is becoming more prevalent in recent years due to the rapidity of the effects achieved when the drug is taken in this manner.
Meth Use Prevention
Narconon Arrowhead, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education center in Southeastern, Oklahoma, is issuing a Meth use prevention guide. Understanding what methamphetamine is, and what it does to the mind and body, is key to preventing its use.
Meth is known to be one of the most addictive drugs in existence. The intense high, coupled with the compulsion to get more of the drug to maintain the high drives the user. Use increases the tolerance for the drug, requiring more, and the cycle of addiction is confirmed.
The physical effects and potential damage to the body caused by crystal meth can be permanent with significant use over time. The toxic and destructive chemicals used in its manufacture can include various methamphetamines in combination with chemicals such as drain cleaner, antifreeze, lantern fluid and battery acid.
When used over time, methamphetamine causes constriction of the blood vessels, tissue damage, lackluster skin, and decay of the teeth. Sores on the skin can be observed in the user who has picked at the skin when hallucinating or experiencing the sensation of imaginary bugs (meth mites) crawling under their skin.
Addiction to the drug and how to get more becomes the single focus of the meth-addict’s life, and the addict commonly is not able to see that he or she is in need of help.
A long-term, residential drug rehabilitation program which addresses all aspects of addiction; its physical and mental factors; and teaches the life-skills tools necessary to get and remain drug-free will be necessary to help the meth addict recover.
For more information call 800-468-6933 or visit http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.
Source Attribution: The EMissourian, County Meth Labs at 16 Year Low, Published: December 27th 2015