According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the number of past month methamphetamine users decreased between 2006 and 2011, from 731,000 (0.3 percent) to 439,000 (0.2 percent). First-time meth users dropped from 249,000 to 133,000 over that same time period. Both of these statistical declines are good indicators, however, the average age of first-time users went from 22 to just under 18.
Methamphetamine is typically a white powder that is odorless and is taken orally, snorted, smoked or injected.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is similar to amphetamine. It has a very high potential for abuse and is classified as a Schedule II drug. Most of the meth that is abused in this country comes from super labs that produce the drug locally or in other countries, but it can also be made in small batches at home through various methods that are extremely hazardous.
Repeated methamphetamine abuse can also lead to addiction, which is often considered a chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite the consequences.
Long-term meth abuse has many adverse health effects, including extreme weight loss, severe tooth decay, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, paranoia, and violent behavior. Chronic methamphetamine users can also display a number of psychotic features, including hallucinations of shadow people and bugs that cause them to pick at their skin.
Many of these effects that have been visible by others may have directly attributed to the decrease in use. If you are seeking a treatment program for someone using methamphetamine, contact us today for assistance.