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Methamphetamine use in America. Why is it so popular?

Updated on September 2, 2010

In America, methamphetamine is clinically recognized as the most destructive drug yet. The return to use rate for heroin and crack cocaine after twice using is 20%; the return to use rate for meth after twice using is as high as 95%

What is so attractive about Meth and why is it considered so dangerous? Lets start with some information about meth.Meth addiction is a recognized disease by the US medical profession, marked by mental obsession and compulsion of the body.

Who are meth addicts?

The rich the poor and everyone in between can be a victim of methamphetamine.

Young people who want to "party like a rock star."

School and college age students use meth to boost performance while studying for exams;

Type A personalities in fast-paced jobs use meth because they believe it gives them an edge by boosting their mental energy.

Young women and teenage girls use it for weight loss

Long haul truckers use meth to keep them awake while driving. (meth dealers regularly set up shop at truck stops);

So called "supermoms "trying to be the perfect wife, mother and career woman, end up with abused and neglected children do to the meth abuse.

People from all walks of life and economical status have succumbed to the allure of methamphetamine.

An entire town in Iowa, as filmed in a 2003 documentary by HBO, where every inhabitant - including the Mayor - is addicted to meth.

A tough-on-drugs prosecutor in Denton, Texas, who showed no mercy for people caught in possession of meth and was himself busted for possession; His career and family were the casualties of his meth use.

What is the attraction to this deadly drug?

Think of this, all your senses seem heightened. You have an extreme amount of energy and maintaining a slender figure is no problem. Top that off with hyper sexuality and you have the attraction of methamphetamine. But at what cost?

The things that are horrifying about meth to the the non drug users,are alluring and compelling to an addict. That it is made from dangerous toxic substances makes it "risky". Staying up for three or four days makes you feel powerful until you crash.. And the compulsive behavior makes normal life seem extremely boring. Users see meth as a cool act of rebellion instead of the lethal dead end addiction that it actually is.

Methamphetamine is an extremely potent form of speed. Just one hit adversely affects the brain’s chemistry and, when used frequently, the cardiovascular and central nervous systems can become severely damaged, impairing the functioning of the heart, brain and spinal cord. Even leading to death for the user.

Brain-imaging research of meth addicts using two to four grams of meth a day revealed serious brain damage consistent with Alzheimer’s disease, strokes and low level Parkinson’s disease syndrome,

Studies suggest that those who quit meth use continue to show a serious reduction in the brain’s ability to produce dopamine for up to three years, and almost two-thirds remain depressed two to five years after they stop using.

"Meth really affects their ability to function," said Dr. Linda Chang, a university researcher and co-director of the Neuroscience and Imagine Research Program at Queen’s Medical Center When asked about some of the dangers of meth use. "We see loss of nerve cells in the brain, inflammation and addictive elements. It takes a long time for the brain to heal, at least a year or two before we see improvement.

Domestic violence, identity theft and acts of calculated violence are often linked to meth,. Children and pets are often the silent victims of meth , either by neglect, sadistic urges or sexual abuse from adults using the drug.

Violent, chilling and really bizarre acts have been committed by people on meth: Kidnappings, brutal murders, and suicidal assaults on police are some of the more violent acts.

Meth is often involved in homicide cases. Fashion designer, Gianni Versace, was murdered in front of his Miami Beach home in August 1997 by a meth-addicted individual; the killers of Matthew Shepherd were high on meth when they tortured and murdered him; and Timothy McVeigh claimed to be under the drug’s influence when involved in the 1995 Oklahoma bombing. Cameron Taylor was reportedly high on meth when he hijacked a San Diego bus at knifepoint in 1997, leading a police chase over 70 miles in 2 1/2 hours before he was captured.

Meth users have killed while in a state of confused delusions and have also plotted and committed murders and other violent crimes in cold blood.

One of the most disturbing murders occurred in Chula Vista California in 1995. Veronica Gonzales and her husband, Ivan, were caring for her niece, 3 1/2-year-old Genny Rojas, because Genny’s father was in prison and her mother was in drug rehabilitation.

Veronica and her husband were on meth, and were unfit to care for a young child. They tortured the little girl for six months before eventually scalding her to death in a bathtub. They became the first married couple sent to California’s death row.

A study in America’s Midwest shows that 39% of all incoming male prisoners and 47% of female prisoners have methamphetamine in their system, while around 10% of the 3,400 Americans awaiting execution on Death Row have mental conditions consistent with meth abuse, including brain damage and schizophrenia.

"Meth hijacks your good intentions and obliterates wholly the function of any moral compass. People conduct heinous acts, utterly disgusting and inexcusable, while influenced by this poison." ~ Andrew Lay [Hornet Fullerton College.

The physical effects on our society are horrific, crime, illegal lab fires, hazardous waste, homicides and suicides, but the psychological toll on users, and their families and friends, is unmeasurable.

In this country more than 1.5 million people are currently in the process of destroying their lives, as well as the lives of their family and those around them with their Meth use, and that's just a guess. I’m afraid the actual numbers are a lot greater then we could fathom. In conclusion, the dangerous destruction caused by Methamphetamine use far out weighs any possible attraction to this deadly drug.




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      jjmyles 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for your comment Miss tiff.

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      Miss Tiff 5 years ago from Utah

      Very good information. It's so sad how meth can destroy lives. Interesting hub.

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      jjmyles 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wow you are an angry person. You certainly jumped to the defense of an illicit drug that destroys lives, families and even communities. I might venture a guess that you are a drug abuser yourself by your comment.

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      jjmyles 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      There is no such thing as using it just one more time with Meth. it is highly addictive and obviously it still has a part of his mind or he wouldn't be willing to risk losing his family to use it again. I would suggest you pray that God deliver him from the addiction completely. This is a wicked drug that steals the very soul of a person.

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      Scaredwife 5 years ago

      I have never used before, but my husband has, for two years and is now two years clean.. But is wanting to do it one time this year and I'm terrified to let him.. I hear about the stories of users and how it effects their lives and their emotions... I'm scared I'm going to loose my husband to this drug.. I'm scared our two boys won't have their daddy anymore. And there is not a way to tell him that he can't try it.. I told him I would leave him if he did and he said he was still going to do it just once.. What if just once becomes just twice or just thrice.. And since he has been two years clean and is still that determined to do it again; scares me more.

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      erin 5 years ago

      I would like to comment against what was stated by fuamerica---listen....people's lives are at stake all over the world when they are under the influence of anything that alters their ability to make decisions and they put everyone else at risk too. This is a real problem that affects all creeds and nations for all kinds of reasons--have some compassion and understanding---it doesn't matter what you believe, if you or anyone you know puts anything in the body that should not belong there, there could be fatal consequences! My mother passed away nine months ago from complications due to addiction to pain killers---and it happens so easily all the time. People need to be aware that it could be as simple as a shoulder injury or a broken ankle--next thing you know---you are hooked---we must be ever so careful! A real education would have taught you the effects that chemicals on the brain have. Such as nicotene--nicotene takes the place of acetyl-choline in the body that you naturally make in order to calm nerves. That is why when smokers get nervous, they have to have a smoke. Once someone quits-if they are able to because nicotene is highly addictive, it takes a long time for that chemical to be produced again in the body because it stops making it while you are taking nicotene. Americans are highly intelligent. Not all of them are christians and not all christians are idiots. If you look up statistics for crimes that were committed while under the influence--the numbers would shock you. You need to educate yourself and stop posting offensive remarks that have no validity--

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      Alisha 5 years ago

      So why exactly do people USE meth?

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      Fauna 5 years ago

      Dangit everybody, just don't do meth. The fact that one of its ingredients is bleach should be enough of a reason to keep it out of your body.

      I live in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, and when I was in 6th grade, the west side of town was having a horrible epidemic of meth to the point where you needed a formal written notice to buy certain chemicals from shops.

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      cleo williamson 5 years ago

      everyone that uses it are abusing their parents aswell as the beuty work of the lord

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Very well written and informative. I appreciate the statistics you provide.


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      jjmyles 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Good advice Patrick I hope HopelessandHeartbroken will take it to heart.

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      patrick 7 years ago

      the only thing that matters in life is that u are fine, ignore ur foolish emotional tie to the monster u make the guy out to be. leave him now. u will find love elsewhere, better yet, just love urself.

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      jjmyles 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hopeless and heartbroken. My heart goes out to you.

      There is a way out Pray and pray hard for God to set you free.If there is a victory outreach church near you they will help. And get away from your man befor you end up dead. God bless you sweetheart and I am praying for you.

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      HopelessandHeartbroken 7 years ago

      I'm stuck in a meth nightmare that just wont end. The man I love becomes more and more sadistic as the days go by. It's been something like 4 years now, and we've lost everything. We had 10 plus years clean before we went out. I don't know how to make it stop! I'm being treated like a slave, and there is a shread of my dignity left. So if you love meth... say good night... you're already dead, you just don't know it yet!

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      jjmyles 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      How very sad for you methrocks.

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      Methrocks 7 years ago

      I heart it.