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- Aug 31, 2016
- Frostbite Falls, MN
"Then I saw something on the other side of all that, something bright and luminous. I knew I had to get there but I was stuck in all this shit and noise, and the
terrible things I've done to people, and the even worse things people have done to me. And every time I'd try to get out, I'd get sucked right back in, feel that
rage rising up again, and I would do anything to make it stop! It's like, do I have to die?! And then this very clear voice said: "Don't die. Forgive."
The meth addiction epidemic*
INTEGRIS | 24 Sep 2020
Deaths associated with meth use are climbing in Oklahoma and in many other states, an alarming trend that public health officials are struggling to explain. In Oklahoma, meth and related drugs, including prescription stimulants, now play a role in more deaths than all opioids combined, including painkillers, heroin and fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Writing about the increase in cases of meth addiction in recent times, The New York Times said, "Meth is still not considered nearly as deadly as heroin or synthetic fentanyl, the latter of which has killed tens of thousands of Americans over the past five years, often within minutes, by depressing their breathing. Instead, meth stimulates the central nervous system, causing agitation, sleeplessness, psychosis and gradual damage to the heart, brain and other organs."
But in many cases, opioids are contributing to meth deaths, as people use both types of drugs together. Opioids were found to play a role in about half of the deaths involving meth in 2017, the most recent year for which detailed toxicology results are available.
While state and local officials are right to concentrate on opioids, which accounted for nearly 70 percent of overdose deaths in 2017, the CDC warns that the dangers of cocaine, meth and other illicit drugs should not be ignored.
Meth never went away
Methamphetamine is once again scouring communities and ruining lives. According to a report on DrugAbuse.org, overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017 in the U.S. Admissions to treatment facilities for meth are up 17%.
Hospitalizations related to meth also jumped by about 245% from 2008 to 2015. What’s more, 70 percent of law enforcement agencies in the Midwest and West still rank meth as their biggest drug threat.
The CDC goes on to show that 14,000 cocaine users and 10,000 meth users died in the United States in 2017, an increase of more than a third compared with 2016 and triple the number of deaths in 2012.
The meth epidemic isn’t just nationwide. In Oklahoma, more and more meth cases are being investigated or treated as well. In fact, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), there were 335 drug deaths in Oklahoma involving methamphetamine in 2018.
In 2018, the OBN told CNN that the number of lethal meth overdoses in the state has more than doubled in recent years, rising from 140 in 2012 to 335 deaths in 2016. In 2017, there were 327 meth overdose deaths.
Mark Woodward, the spokesman with the OBN, told CNN that while everyone was focused on the opioid epidemic, Oklahoma’s single most deadly individual drug was methamphetamine.
The ugly face of meth
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that gives users powerful feelings of euphoria and energy when it’s abused. Because it is so addictive, meth is extremely difficult to stop using once a person has developed a habit of regular use.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is smoked, snorted, injected or even eaten. It can be made from cheap ingredients like over-the-counter cold medicine and household chemicals, but the results of meth addiction are shocking.
DrugAbuse.org said that long term use of meth can cause addiction due to how quickly drug users become tolerant of the pleasurable effects of the drug. As they take more and more to reach that high, they can start to show signs of addiction like significant anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances and violent behavior. They also suffer from hallucinations and delusions and psychotic behaviors.
Methamphetamine is neurotoxic and can damage dopamine and serotonin neurons in the brain and usually includes toxic substances. Some studies show that long term meth use also leads to some irreversible changes in the brain associated with emotion and memory and could lead to a number of side effects like paranoia, irritability, increased sexual promiscuity, skin sores, rotting teeth, skin infections, premature aging and more.
Many long term meth users have what is called “meth mouth,” or severe tooth decay. One reason is that meth oftentimes includes acidic ingredients that eat away the enamel—ingredients like drain cleaner, battery acid or hydrochloric acid.
Users often neglect to take care of their teeth while high as well, and some crave sugary drinks, which leads to more oral hygiene problems.
Of course, the biggest risk to meth users is overdose death, which is on the rise throughout America.
*From the article here :
In Oklahoma, meth addiction and meth-related deaths are on the rise, and now play a role in more deaths than all opioids combined, including painkillers, heroin and fentanyl, according to a report from the CDC.