The Desperate Need for Meth Addiction Treatment Programs
The amount of meth being found and seized by authorities has more than tripled in the last five years.1 In order to fight against meth use, Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Act in 2005.2 This made it illegal to buy pseudoephedrine (an ingredient used to make meth) over-the-counter. As a result, the number of meth labs and the supply of meth within the United States lowered for about five years. Unfortunately, the demand for meth never disappeared, and neither did the supply. Meth has since become purer and even cheaper to buy. The average cost is around five dollars a hit, and the number of users has increased rapidly. With the growing number of users, the need for effective meth addiction treatment programs in the U.S. is becoming more desperate.
A Booming Meth Industry
Since meth became harder to manufacture in the United States, drug-traffickers in Mexico have increased their production and are smuggling it across the border. The huge supply of meth being smuggled into the U.S. is more than dealers know how to handle and the amount of meth being seized has rapidly increased. At the United States border, the amount of meth being seized has gone up 10-20 times more than the amount taken just 10 years ago. In 2016, 21,747 pounds of the drug were seized by authorities in San Diego alone. Along the entire southern border in California, Arizona, and Texas, agents seized 24 times that amount.
“I have been involved with meth for the last 25 years. A wholesale plummet of price per pound, combined with a huge increase of purity, tells me they have perfected the production or manufacturing of methamphetamine. They have figured out the chemical reactions to get the best bang for their buck,” shared Steven Bell, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
With the increase in meth use, there has been a coinciding rise in the number of overdose deaths. Heroin used to be one of the more popular drugs in Oregon, but now, meth is back. In 2016, 232 people died from using meth. This is almost double the number of deaths from heroin, and it is three times more deaths from meth that have occurred over the past 10 years.
Meth Addiction Treatment at Schick Shadel Hospital
No one should have to face their addiction alone, and our team of professionals at Schick Shadel Hospital is here to assist you in your journey to recovery. Over the past 80 years, our counter-conditioning method has helped over 80,000 patients regain control of their lives. To learn more about our meth addiction treatment program, give us a call at (800) 272-8464, or fill out our online form to send us a confidential message
1 Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.. (2019). Nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019, from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/us/meth-crystal-drug.html
2 CMEA (The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005). (2019). Deadiversion.usdoj.gov. Retrieved 27 June 2019, from https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/meth/