Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, stimulant drug. It usually comes in an off-white or yellowish powder form and can be snorted, injected or smoked. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that over 1.2 million people have abused meth during a one year period and it is a stimulant that has been abused in the United States since the 1950s.

Extent of Methamphetamine Use

The use of methamphetamine is growing rapidly popular in today’s society. It is estimated by a 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report that approximately 12.6 million people 12 or older have used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetimes. This is representing around 5% of the population in this age group. What is so shocking is that in this same report, it states that 850,000 people reported methamphetamine use in the past year and 314,000 past month use. The problem has continued to grow with each passing year.

Middle School and High School students are being subjected to the use of methamphetamine. In 2007, 3.6% of 9th graders, 4.1% of 10th graders, 5.4% of 11th graders and 4.5% of high school seniors have used meth.

Even though we are seeing a decrease in the number of students that are abusing methamphetamine, there is still a serious problem with these numbers. With a total of 18.2% of our students using methamphetamine we can see that more work needs to be done to prevent these children from experimenting with this substance in the first place.

It is also reported that many of these students are using this substance to stay more alert in school or the cram for a test the night before it is taken. This just doesn’t go for high school students. The report also states that almost 3% of college students and over 7% of young adults used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime.

Types of Methamphetamine

There are many forms of methamphetamine and each has a different effect. Each person that uses meth may have a different reaction than another. Methamphetamine can be orally ingested, smoked, snorted, or injected. Here are some of the most common ways that a person will use meth and the trade names of each type:

Holiday Meth – this is a green colored methamphetamine that is produced using Drano crystals

Hot Rolling - this is when methamphetamine is liquefied in an eyedropper and then inhaled

Hugs & Kisses – a combination of methamphetamine and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

Jet Fuel – this is methamphetamine combined with PCP (phencyclidine)

Meth Speed Ball – this is the combination of methamphetamine and heroin

Mexican Speedballs – this is the combination of methamphetamine and crack

Paper – this is a dosage unit of heroin; one-tenth of a gram or less of the drug ice or methamphetamine

Quill – the combination of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine

Soap – the combination of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), crack cocaine, and methamphetamine

Strawberry Quik – this is a strawberry flavored methamphetamine

The Five Way – this is the combination of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), and alcohol.

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Methamphetamine is bad enough for a person but when someone dabbles in the use of the above types, they are more likely to obtain more serious affects and the severity of the problem escalates.

How can methamphetamine addiction treatment help?

Statistics produced by Substance Abuse  and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Episode Data Set, show that of 1.8 million people who entered a methamphetamine drug facility, 169,500 admissions were primarily for methamphetamine abuse. This represents 9% of all of the treatment admissions for a one year period. In that same study, more than 80,000 people were admitted for methamphetamine as their secondary drug of abuse.

Narconon rehab centers report that with the right treatment facility or program we can do something about the addiction problem that is plaguing the United States.

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