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Overdose deaths due to meth on rise; reaches an all-time high

Overdose deaths due to meth on rise; reaches an all-time high

08-27-2019 Posted in Detox Treatment, Drug Detox

Methamphetamine is a highly powerful illicit drug which affects the central nervous system (CNS). It has been growing in popularity because it is cheaper than most of the other stimulants, provides a high which lasts for days, and has relatively less chances of an overdose compared to opioids. According to an NPR report, meth seizures by federal authorities have increased by 142 percent between 2017 and 2018.

John Eadie, public health coordinator, National Emerging Threats Initiative, said that the fact that seizures are increasing indicates that trafficking is increasing. So if the seizures have doubled, then it means that trafficking has also doubled. In 2018 alone, 67,757 kilograms of meth was seized by the authorities. Such seizures are up in each state of the U.S.

Additionally, overdose deaths due to psychostimulants like meth and the others have risen to 12,987 from 10,749 in 2017. The deaths related to methamphetamine have outnumbered the ones contributed by opioids and the trend is still going strong as there has been an increase in the number of users. Meth is smuggled from several Latin countries and brought into the U.S. through California and is sold in large quantities as per the regional and local law enforcement.

Experts feel that a majority of meth users have severe polysubstance use disorder meaning they tend to use more than one drug at a time. He further added that due to a deep supply chain, patients are using a purer and more potent form of meth leading to fatal results.

A person suffering with meth abuse

It is often challenging to identify a person suffering from meth abuse. However, by analyzing a few trends in meth users, it has been found that most of them belong to poor socioeconomic backgrounds where unemployment is high. Moreover, a majority of meth users suffer from mental illnesses including depression and feel alienated from the general society.

Most cases of drug use start as an experiment to escape one’s problems and reality and derive a sense of pleasure. But gradually, it leads to dependency and eventually becomes an addiction. Director of National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Dr. Nora Volkow said that addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Despite knowing the harmful consequences of drugs, a user cannot stop. The same happens in the case of alcohol addiction. She added that most patients start with alcohol and cannabis. Gradually exposure to stronger substances leads them to meth.

How people are overcoming meth addiction

It is reassuring to see how people from different parts of the state are coming together as a community and stepping up their fight against drugs. More and more people are seeking addiction treatment for their substance abuse, despite majority of them being homeless and coming from a lower socioeconomic stratum. Many of these patients are also seeking housing services.

At present, no medications for the treatment for meth addiction has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, contingency management, a behavioral intervention in which people are rewarded with little incentives when they show compliance to the treatment or exhibit negative urine screens, is by far the most acceptable treatment solution for addiction. Therefore, presently, people opting for treatment for stimulant use disorder, especially methamphetamine use, are offered group-based treatment and one-on-one psychotherapy.

Despite all their efforts, city officials trying to treat drug overdoses have to face problems from time to time due to lack of funds. However, they are still hopeful that despite the gap in access to opioid addiction treatment and meth addiction treatment, the country is slowly but surely moving towards a successful evolution in terms of medicalization.

Treatment for meth addiction 

Recovery from meth addiction encompasses a holistic approach to treating substance use disorders. Depending on the duration of the addiction and the severity of symptoms, a comprehensive treatment for meth addiction involves a medically supervised detoxification treatment followed by intense psychotherapies and counseling sessions. While detox treatment helps in getting rid of the toxic substances, managing the withdrawal symptoms, and preparing the body for further treatment; psychotherapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), help patients recover from the psychological aspects of meth addiction.

In case you or a loved one is looking for a reliable drug detox treatment center in California, contact the Hillside Mission. Our state-of-the-art detox treatment center is known for offering specialized detox programs, customized to suit individual requirements so that the treatment cycle can be shortened. Our treatment programs are affordable yet effective in leading the patient to lasting recovery. For more information about our rapid detox treatment center in California, call our 24/7 helpline 866-225-6101 and speak with a representative. You can even chat online with a representative for further assistance.

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