Hospital emergency department visits related to the use of methamphetamine rose from 67,954 in 2007 to 102,961 in 2011 according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Throughout the nation, thousands of community coalitions are improving their cities and towns, reducing teen drug use and saving lives. Together, they form a powerful movement that isn’t confined to the United States. CADCA is taking this movement global, building coalitions in 19 countries and five continents and in seven languages. This month, our efforts continue with new trainings beginning in Bologna, Italy; San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Praia and Sao Vicente, Cape Verde; and Muntinlupa and Marikina, Philippines.
It’s no surprise that drug dealers are always looking for new and clever ways to attract young children and teens to their products. The latest tactic is candy-flavored methamphetamine, cocaine and other dangerous drugs. Last week, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, introduced legislation that penalizes drug dealers who employ these child-targeting tactics.
Drugs known as “bath salts” are one of a growing list of synthetic and unevenly regulated narcotics that are found across the United States and on the Internet. New research on this potent drug paints an alarming picture, revealing that bath salts pack a powerful double punch, producing combined effects similar to both methamphetamine and cocaine, Medical News Today reports.
Emerging drugs under the guise of everyday products like “bath salts,” “glass cleaner,” “plant food,” “jewelry cleaner,” and “spice” have caused a public health concern during the past few years. Use of these drugs that are absorbed by the body like marijuana and cocaine has skyrocketed all over the country, especially by youth, who find this new class of drugs easily accessible in many stores and online.
Getting high doesn't necessarily mean a trip to a drug dealer in a back alley. Many drug abusers are growing or making drugs in their homes. From pot houses to "shake 'n bake" meth makers, the dangers of homegrown and homemade drugs are in neighborhoods everywhere. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of house you have. Someone growing marijuana or making methamphetamine might be right across the street. During today's 1 p.m. EST hour-long broadcast, hosted by CADCA partner MCTFT, called "Homegrown and Homemade Drug Threats," we'll see what law enforcement is doing to try to stop these drugs and what dangers they face.
The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse has granted the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry $1.86 million to study the oral and dental consequences of methamphetamine use, since dentists are often the first to detect if a patient is a meth user.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently unveiled a new anti-methamphetamine ad campaign targeting Native American communities, where methamphetamine use is a major concern. The campaign was launched in Native American heavily-populated New Mexico and in 14 other states.
In Yavapai County, Ariz. if a person is caught selling methamphetamine, they can expect to receive a minimum of five years in prison. That's thanks to the efforts of MATForce (Methamphetamine Advisory Task Force), a coalition of educators, treatment professionals, law enforcement and the county attorney's office that came together to tackle one of the country's hardest hit areas by meth.