Amid growing concerns over an increasing number of teenagers and young adults getting addicted to drugs, a high school in New Zealand has distributed pamphlets to students that carries step-by-step instructions to use methamphetamine “discreetly.” However, the initiative has stirred an outrage among the parents of the students.
According to the parents, the pamphlet is a potential user guide for students who are curious about the Class A drug. It shares tips about the appropriate method of use, and things to do before and after taking meth. The pamphlet also instructed students to use the drug before 3 p.m. and not to mix it with other substances. “Swallowing meth allows your body to use its own filters. It saves your lungs from damage, produces a smoother and longer lasting high, and you’re less likely to use more,” it read.
However, the school principal has defended the decision, saying that the pamphlets were circulated under the curriculum of drug education program to educate students about the safe drug use, and not for encouraging meth use. “The book is about how it destroys relationships and how it destroys job opportunities, how it destroys youth,” said the principal.
Meth use prevalent in US
At present, authorities across the United States are striving hard to curb the opioid crisis ravaging the entire country. They are making efforts to control the rising use of heroin, synthetic opioids like fentanyl and prescription painkillers, as they contribute significantly to the unwanted surge in drug overdose deaths. However, experts feel that federal and state governments are overlooking the prevalence of meth use in the country. They warn that ignoring the steady rise in meth use today can cost heavily in the future, as the drug has an equal potential to cause an overwhelming mayhem like heroin or fentanyl.
Medically, meth is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant often prescribed to patients suffering from conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to improve concentration and performance. These benefits also make the drug a popular attraction among students and teenagers as they try hard to excel in their schools. However, due to its high potential for abuse and limited medical benefits, the drug can only be obtained through a prescription. However, illegal suppliers have made its availability easy for young people.
Dealing with meth mayhem
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 667,000 people aged 12 or older were current users of methamphetamine in the U.S. Meth can be snorted, swallowed, smoked or injected by users. Its effects often last from four to eight hours. Meth abuse can lead to a series of health hazards, such as increase in heart rate, sleep disruption, tooth decay, excessive sweating, and incessant talking. Also, meth users tend to develop the tolerance and dependence at a faster rate, thereby making its consumption a daily affair.
Therefore, the onset of any symptom should be taken seriously and the person should seek an immediate clinical help. Fortunately, an addiction can be treated with proper medical intervention. The first step to break free from meth addiction is to undergo a detox program under medical supervision. If you are looking for detox facilities in California, contact Sovereign Health known for its effective and evidence-based addiction treatment programs in the country. Our rapid detox centers in California adopt a holistic approach in treating drug addiction and related disorders. Call at our 24/7 helpline number (855) 682-0103 or chat online with our expert to get in touch with our finest detox facilities spread across California.