Essay on Meth Epidemic Article Review : Drug And Substance Abuse
Drug abuse refers to the sale, possession or the manufacture of an illicit drug. Bartol and Bartol classify dominant psychoactive drugs into four categories, namely; stimulants, hallucinogens, sedative-hypnotics and opiate narcotics (2011). A psychoactive drug is a chemical substance that influences an individual’s perception, decision-making, behavior and mood (Bartol & Bartol, 2011). Methamphetamine or popularly known on the streets as meth, glass, crystal (pure form) or speed is a drug that traces its origin from the West Coast in the 1970s and has swept across the United States.
The relationship between drug and substance abuse and criminality is not a simple one. In fact, the direct link between the two is difficult to ascertain. How true is it that drug-fueled crime has become prevalent in the United States? The Oregonian aired an award-winning documentary in 2004, showing the devastating effects of meth on the individual user and to the entire community, terming it an epidemic. But to what extent is this inference (Epidemic) true? Statistics obtained from SAMHSA Treatment Episode Data Set showed that in the period between 1992 and 2002 the number of admissions for drug treatment consistently increased (Bartol & Bartol, 2011).
Although the statistics that reported that meth is responsible for 85% of Oregon state property crimes were inaccurate, the real figure is apparently unknown. The perception that the use of certain drugs, included in…