The calendar is full of awareness weeks and months, with different colored ribbons (pink for breast cancer) and even facial hair getting into the act (Movember mustaches for men’s cancers). Sadly, we’ve had to make room for another cause—we are in the middle of the inaugural Meth Awareness Week, November 30 to December 7.
Meth use may be declining, but it is still deadly. Despite the notoriety from AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” most meth is made in Mexico and imported. It is cheaper and may be purer than in previous years. But the dangers of meth haven’t changed. People can get addicted quickly.
Meth is one drug that sucks in so many innocent bystanders. Children who are endangered by meth labs at home or end up in foster care. Age is no barrier, either. Police recently found an active meth lab inside a Florida condominium normally filled with seniors and seasonal residents.
Taking down meth labs isn’t easy. The state of Maine has had a record number of meth busts in 2013—18 so far, up from 13 in 2012. Each bust requires agents with specialized training, hazmat gear, containers and other equipment to remove the dangerous drugs and the chemicals. They can cost between $5,000 and $10,000 per bust and involve other agencies as well. Not to mention, the drug agency resources devoted to meth are not available to deal with other drugs of abuse.
Don’t think that the drug use is personal or doesn’t harm anyone else. Meth above all other drugs can harm many people along the way.
If you or someone you love is struggling with meth, Recovery Connection can help. We can find drug rehab for meth addiction and get you into treatment right away. Call us 24/7 at 800-993-3869.