Methamphetamine Impact On Society

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Methamphetamine is a major dilemma in the United States, and Caldwell county is no exception to this developing problem that can have lasting impacts on society. These impacts are not only limited to destroying lives of the people but also impacting entire communities due to the notorious history of this lethal drug. There are limitless long and short term effects of Meth that can occur to any one person that even attempts the drug on any instance. Methamphetamines can be very destructive to the communities that surround where it is being produced, sold, and abused. Many communities in Caldwell County experience these impacts and suffer through them even today. The conviction rate of methamphetamine abuse has risen in Caldwell County and to…show more content…
The History of Crystal Methamphetamine - Drug-Free World provides the information that short term side effects include: addiction, sensory hallucinations, paranoia, vomiting, sickness, stroke, palpitations, seizures, diarrhea, insomnia, hyperthermia. Like cocaine and speed, even small amounts of meth can cause a rapid and/or irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure and elevated body temperatures. Long-term methamphetamine abuse results in many damaging effects, including addiction. Meth addiction is a chronic, often relapsing, brain disease marked by uncontrollable drug craving and compulsive use in the face of devastating consequences. Meth alters brain structure and function, changes behavior, and is one of the fastest-acting addictive agents known, with the potential to hook people faster than most other substances. A twenty one year old male from New York was interviewed after over half a decade of Methamphetamine abuse. Here is his story, “My first time was a start of a new addiction. Like you hear all the time I said, “I’m only going to try this once.” I loved it until I started stealing to get meth. I ended up giving up everything for it. I still have scars on my arm from thinking bugs were inside my body. I was sent to jail twice for being caught with meth. Meth controlled my life, but I thought I was in control. I hit rock bottom - I left my parents at 15 and ran away. At 18 my daily routine was to wake up and get high. At 20 I was depressed and wanted to commit suicide. But I didn’t; I got help. There are so many excuses you can make up on why you do meth, but there isn’t one. It wasn’t hard to start but it was to stop.” This is what meth will lead to and this is why Methamphetamines are a problem to any place the is dealing with the abuse of the
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