How Does Meth Impact Society

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Tamara A. Schwid Professor Heath Dingwell Crimes & Drugs 6 Aug 2013 The Meth Impact on Society [pic] Figure 1: January 2012 - Seattle Division Methamphetamine Seizure. (Drug Enforcement Administration, 2012). The crystal meth epidemic has been defined as the most dangerous drug epidemic in America. An epidemic is defined as “affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time”. (A Definition of an Epidemic, 2012). The fact that it has surpassed the crack epidemic of the eighties and nineties has caused a resurgence of moral panic throughout the country due to the fact that it is non-discriminatory regarding who…show more content…
(What's In Meth?, 2012). Every culture has had a drug that left a significant mark in their histories. Indo-China brought about opium, the Middle East had hashish and poppies, South America and the coca leaf, and then there is America. America is land of the free, home of the brave, where the streets are paved with gold. It is a place people can come and make something of them; where they can take care of their families and live out their dreams. The only problem is that there are many monsters. Of course along with dreams, nightmares have to exist and monsters lurk in the shadows. Those monsters have fathered many bad things. These monsters have pushed the marijuana, heroin, LSD /PCP, cocaine, crack, and now the meth epidemics. In 2008, the White House released the ADAM II annual which reported, “Methamphetamine remains primarily a regional phenomenon. In Sacramento and Portland 35 and 15% percent of arrestees respectively test positive in 2008 for meth…Meth positives are lowest in New York (less than 1%)New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Charlotte and only slightly higher in (2-3%) in Denver, Indianapolis, Washington DC and Minneapolis. The practice of injecting methamphetamine is most common in Portland (32% injected at last use), but less common elsewhere.” (Cohen, et al.,…show more content…
(Drug Enforcement Agency Statistics & Facts, 2013) Why does this drug have such an appeal to such a wide mix and variety of people? Why would people be willing to risk their health with long lasting effects, risking their livelihoods, careers, and families? According to one study, Methamphetamine acts as an indirect agonist at noradrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin…receptors. It attenuates monoamine metabolism by inhibiting mom amine oxidase, primarily through inhibiting dopamine reuptake and stimulating dopamine release (Clemens et al., 2007) The central nervous system stimulation by amphetamine results in noticeable behavioral effects including positive mood, reduced fatigue, euphoria, increased alertness and improved attention. These changes make this drug appealing to young adults attending late or all night parties and long-haul professional drivers. (Silber & Croft,

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