MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (8/9/13) – In week 4 of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, the topic for discussion is understanding the reasoning behind the initial usage of Meth.
The sober community doesn’t comprehend how anyone could mix ingredients like starting fluid, anhydrous ammonia, lithium battery acid, drain opener and other chemicals, and then be excited about using this toxic cocktail for a recreational drug. Even some meth users seem to struggle with the fact that they are addicted to this powerful stimulant. They often indicate disappointment in themselves for allowing this drug to control their lives.
As previously reported, with an addiction rate of 95-98%, meth is the most addictive drug on the street. It is also potentially the most dangerous drug on the street; 90% of meth users are dead, brain damaged or in jail within 5 years. If meth is powerfully addictive, works extremely fast at destroying both mind and body then why would anyone try this drug for the first time? The following are some reasons why people might experiment with methamphetamine.
For starters, many individuals that have chosen to use meth are either uninformed or misinformed. While it is true that there is a lot of information about methamphetamine being made available to the public; many people in the community are still unaware of just how dangerous the drug is. Although it is not a good excuse, the sad truth is some people started using the drug without realizing that it would destroy their life. For this reason, we must work together to develop and implement prevention strategies.
Peer pressure is also a contributing factor for first time meth use. For the past few years we have told the children in America to “just say no” when confronted with illegal drugs. I wish that verbal command was enough. I wish that they could learn to say that and mean it, but the truth is we must do more to convince our children of this drug’s potential. Some individuals find it extremely difficult to say no, when peer pressure is involved-this is especially true with children and youth. As concerned parents and citizens we must make certain that our children understand that it is ok, not to be like everyone else. We must also teach them the value of thinking for themselves and not being “pushed” into a decision that they are uncomfortable with.
When a pusher is trying to get someone to use meth for the first time, they are not going to say, “Try this; it will probably end up killing you, because it is evil, addictive and the most destructive drug on the planet.” The pusher might be more likely to say, “This drug has helped me a great deal, and because I use coffee filters in the manufacturing process, the drug I make is free of toxic chemicals.” The pusher might continue by saying “it is not as bad as everyone says, after all I’m doing great, and I use it.” Although I don’t know every angle of a pusher, I do know that there are a multitude of lies associated with meth. I am not meaning to be abrasive but most of the people that I have known that use or sell meth have a difficult time telling the truth about anything. Frankly, their life is often made up of lies.
Please keep in mind that pushers are not the only one that apply pressure; sometimes friends, and even family members may encourage meth use.
Another reason some people turn to meth, is because of the euphoria experienced during use. Many meth users started out by smoking marijuana or by using pills. Often drug use escalates and the addict can never be high enough, so he/she decides to use meth. The sensation that meth provides is phenomenal compared to other drugs. For example the Oregon Partnership (a substance abuse project) indicates that dopamine (the chemical that is released causing one to experience pleasure) increases in the brain may be about 3 times that compared to cocaine use. This of course does not mean that cocaine is a safe drug. It too is very dangerous.
There are other factors concerning meth use; some addicts say they started because they wanted to increase their energy level. Others have declared that they started using the drug hoping to lose weight.
The truth is there is no good reason and there is no excuse for using this drug. If you are using or you know someone who is using meth, please seek help ASAP.
Please continue to report illegal drug tips in Muhlenberg County by calling Central Dispatch at 338-2000, you may remain anonymous by calling 1-888-959-8477. You may also report criminal activity at www.muhlenbergcountysheriff.com. In Greenville, you may report tips anonymously by using www.greenvillekypd.com. In Central City you may report tips anonymously by using www.centralcitypd.org. State Police may be contacted anonymously by dialing 1-800-dope-tip.
Information provided by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
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