Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Methamphetamine in Our Community: Addiction – Part Two

meth2 300MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (7/29/13) – The following is the second in a series of articles submitted to SurfKY News by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, in an attempt to better educate local citizens on the dangers of meth from all perspectives. Remember, the voice of the citizen is the first line of defense in drug-related crimes.
 
Very often, a parent or someone that has a family member or friend that is struggling with methamphetamine addiction will say, “I know they could quit using meth, if they wanted to bad enough.”
 
While that may sound logical, it may not necessarily be true. Meth addiction is believed to be the most powerful of all drug addictions. This does not mean that other drugs are not powerfully addictive, certainly many of them are. However, the addiction rate of methamphetamine seems to be the most alarming of all. Dr. Mary Holley, founder of Mothers against Methamphetamine, explains that the addiction rate to cocaine is 75-80% whereas meth’s addiction rate is 95-98%.
 
A question that I am often asked is, how does meth take control of the user’s life so quickly?
 
Most addicts seem to realize, at least to some extent, that their body is deteriorating during use. They also have some sense of how their family and friends are being affected. In addition to personal and family problems, there is the risk of arrest and incarceration. One expert reports that within five years, 90% of meth users are in jail, brain damaged, or dead. So, if meth is such a risky drug, why doesn’t the user simply stop? The following may help readers to understand why meth addiction is so gripping.
 
The method of meth use varies. It may be snorted, injected, smoked, or ingested orally. It seems that the most common method of use in this area, is smoking, followed by intravenous use. Regardless of how meth is used it eventually reaches the blood stream, and will then be circulated throughout the brain.
 
When using meth for the first time, the user most often experiences a euphoric sensation. The heart beats faster, blood pressure rises and the central nervous system is greatly stimulated. Those that have chosen to abuse a number of different drugs, that later switch to meth, claim, that no other drug compares to meth in intensity. The high is also long lasting, sometimes continuing for several hours. Again, users will most likely be addicted after the very first use. I talked to a man that was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine. He explained that when someone is given meth the first time, they are usually given the purest form available. This, of course, is so that the user will be most likely addicted upon initial use.
 
As methamphetamine is circulating throughout the brain many chemicals are being affected. One that is commonly affected is dopamine; it is a neurotransmitter that is sometimes known as a pleasure chemical, or the pleasure neurotransmitter. Dopamine is released in large quantities when meth is being used. This causes the user to experience heightened degrees of pleasure. It is commonly reported by meth users that their first high was their best high. Often, the user will try to use meth in higher quantities, or use it more often to maintain that euphoric state.
 
Perhaps what follows is even more significant, because after an extended period of use, the dopamine is diminished. Medical experts believe that it will take months for the dopamine to be replenished, and in some cases it may take years. During this recovery time, the individual often becomes severely depressed, and at times suicidal, as they feel overwhelmed by a feeling of hopelessness. However there is one way the addict can overcome the feeling of despair; it is by using more methamphetamine. This works, for a period of time, but eventually even meth use may not bring the addict the desired pleasure that they seek. At this point it is not unusual for meth users to go on binges. There is no time during a meth user’s life that they are not in great danger, but those on binges may be at the highest risk of death.
 
If you or someone you care for is using meth it is important to seek help. Many experts feel that long term rehab/treatment is crucial to recovery. For additional information about overcoming meth addiction, please speak with a counselor, physician or contact Pennyroyal Mental Health at 270-338-5211.
 
To report meth or other drug related activities please contact local law enforcement at 338-2000. To report a tip anonymously you may call 1-888-959-8477 or go to www.muhlenbergcountysheriff.com.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Sheriff Curtis McGehee

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Edge Ice Center Open Labor Day

OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/30/14) — The City of Owensboro's Edge Ice Center will be open this Monday, Sept. 1, from 12 p.m. to 4… Read More

Portion of Breckenridge Street Closing Tuesday

OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/30/14) — The City of Owensboro will close Breckenridge Street to all northbound traffic at Old… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 29, 2014 6955

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 28, 2014 5783

Police Pursuit Spans Parts of Northern…

in Top Stories by Alex Piper, MCSO
August 26, 2014 5565

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 26, 2014 5099

Family Has Close Call with Tornado

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 27, 2014 4738

Five Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 30, 2014 2826

Ponderosa Madisonville to Donate 10…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 26, 2014 2238

Two People Injured When Vehicle Overturns…

in Top Stories by Matt Sanderson
August 27, 2014 1656

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - August…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
August 30, 2014 845

City of Madisonville Says 'Goodbye' to…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 789

MCC Announces New Board Members

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 26, 2014 5565

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 26, 2014 4719

City Street Closures on Strawbridge and…

in News by Abby Shelton
August 26, 2014 2995

City Hall, Transit, Sanitation Schedules…

in News by Abby Shelton
August 27, 2014 2448

Owensboro Police Conduct Investigations

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 2327

Happy Birthday to the Edge Ice Center

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 28, 2014 5783

Police Pursuit Spans Parts of Northern…

in Top Stories by Alex Piper, MCSO
August 26, 2014 5099

Family Has Close Call with Tornado

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 27, 2014 4738

Five Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 3601

Annual Everly Brothers Cruise In…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 27, 2014 2934

Muhlenberg Job Corps Former Student…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06