Called the most addictive drug possible by Canadian and US law enforcement officers, methamphetamine production has reportedly moved outdoors in recent years in an effort to produce the drug without being caught by police.
Mark J. Miller of the Herald Star Online reported apprehension of two suspects after a joint investigation by the Toronto Police, Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department into allegations of a mobile meth lab.
In that report, narcotics detective Rick Parker calls meth “the new upcoming drug problem” that is highly addictive and is seizing his city.
CBS reported, “meth makers are increasingly taking to America’s roadways.” The powerful drug is easy to make and now easy to hide, however, the volatility of the chemicals used in its composition, also makes it dangerous and prone to explosions, according to their report.
A Alberta task force made 83 recommendations when asked to look into the crystal methamphetamine crisis in that province, including more addiction counsellors, advertising, education and more specialized police units.
The Allure of Methamphetamine
Health Canada says methamphetamine “releases a chemical called dopamine in the parts of the brain responsible for regulating pleasure.” It can be taken orally, snorted, smoked or injected and the effects of the drug are felt from within seconds to minutes depending on the method of use and several other factors.
Meth is classified in the central nervous system category as a stimulant and it produces feelings of euphoria. The meth user looks for a burst of energy and a sensation of alertness.
It can, however, also produce sensations of anxiety leading to panic attacks, according to Health Canada. While high, the user is talkative and reportedly feels a heightened sense of strength, stamina and awareness, but once the high begins to wear off, which could be 10 to 12 hours later, a sense of irritability, aggression and panic reportedly could follow.
Long Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health calls it “amphetamine psychosis,” and “the symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and bizarre or violent behaviour.”
According to its reports, long-term effects of methamphetamine use are damaged brain cells “associated with thinking, memory and movement.”
Injection of the drug risks a consequence of hepatitis or HIV.
Withdrawal from this drug is physically vicious according to drug counselors, and users trying to break free experience significant depression, which leads to a higher relapse rate than other drugs. This is where methamphetamine centers Miami can be of great help to them.
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