Essay on Meth Use: A Nation in Crisis

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This nation is facing a problem with a powerful stimulant, known as Meth. Meth is a highly addictive drug that is, and a hard to kick. Meth is a huge money making business so the marketing of the drug is not only targeted to adults, but the younger generation as well. Despite the effort with the war on drugs, Law Enforcement is facing a tough battle of controlling the clandestine meth labs, and meth brought to the United States from Mexico. Meth not only hurts the user, but families, and communities as well. Education and awareness to the public can help with the battle on Meth. Although through education, intervention, and rehabilitation there is help to combat meth abuse, meth is a potent dangerous drug that destroys lives, …show more content…
The longer an individual uses the drug, the more of a tolerance they build up to the drug, requiring them to take more.
Meth users try to get the drug in their system in many different ways. For an immediate rush from the drug, the user will smoke or inject the drug. Taking the drug orally, the user has to wait at least 20 minutes for the drug to take effect. (Buxton & Dove, 2008, p. 1537) Some users may insert the drug rectally or take the drug orally.

Meth is a drug not only a problem in the cities, but has become a larger problem for rural areas. The production of meth is relatively inexpensive, so many individuals produce meth in what is known as a clandestine lab. During the production of meth, mixing the dangerous toxic chemicals together release a horrid smell that is highly toxic. In producing meth in cities is difficult because of the odor it leaves behind, this is the reason meth labs are in rural areas.

The ingredients used to create meth, are not complex ingredients. Many of the ingredients are normal every day household chemicals, and over-the-counter drugs.

Problems with meth labs and meth use are increasing in many rural areas. Enforcement of new laws, and tougher penalties have brought the numbers of meth labs down since 2005, but some states still have problems controlling their meth lab incidents.

One of the most important reasons meth is a dangerous drug is