Essay on The Meth Epidemic

1020 Words Nov 2nd, 2013 5 Pages
The Meth Epidemic Methamphetamine is the most addictive drug used today. It appeals to people of all ages, and is not a respecter of person. It is creating a society with no future. Unless we as a society can contain and stop this issue, there will be no hope. What is the federal government doing to stop this problem? How are Pharmaceutical companies reacting to this issue? What are the effects on the general public? This is just some of the issues that were discussed in Frontline’s ‘The Meth Epidemic’ video. We will attempt to answer these questions throughout this paper. As previously stated methamphetamine is the most addictive drug today. One puff from a pipe containing methamphetamine will keep a person high for …show more content…
The government has now realized that methamphetamine is a serious issue due to super labs. It appears that the same factories selling pseudoephedrine to the pharmaceutical companies were selling to the drug cartels. Since this has been revealed, the government and state governments have been setting regulations concerning the sale of pseudoephedrine, over the counter drugs. Most states have limited the purchase of Sudafed to three boxes at a time. Meth cooks have started as system called “smurfing.” A person will go from store to store buying the maximum medication allowed to purchase. When this became evident, a cook would gather several people to run in out of the stores gathering the medication. This was called “super smurfing”. It began around 2006 when new legislation “the combat act” was passed to have pseudoephedrine signed for when being purchased. Pharmaceutical companies reason that we need to find out what is driving the addiction and usage of the drug. Getting rid of the ingredients will not be enough to stop the meth problem. They further explain that access to legitimate customers is more important than preventing the illicit use of the drug. There is a human cost to using methamphetamine. Among these effects are the deteriorating bones, the decaying teeth, and the fact they are a shell of what they once were. In Portland, Oregon, meth addiction is the leading cause of break ins and the cause of the high rate of foster

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