Dear Editor,

As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well.

In the most recent data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it was found an estimated 964,000 people age 12 or older had a methamphetamine use disorder. This large number of methamphetamine use can lead to some very serious problems in communities; higher crime rates, destroyed families and the many risks to public health.

Methamphetamines are made by combining chemicals that can be explosive in bad cases as well as causing long term property damage from toxic chemicals.

Houses where a meth-lab was in operation can retain chemicals which are hazardous to those who live in the house afterwards. In fact, even use of the drug within an apartment, home or trailer can cause negative health effects long after the user or producer has moved on.

More and more communities each year deal with this problem and it is an expensive thing to repair, with decontamination costing thousands of dollars to inhabitants and landlords both. These problems are far from victimless, with acute health effects that include lack of coordination, chest pains and burns to skin, eyes, nose and mouth. Possible chronic, long-lasting problems may include respiratory irritability, neurological damage and liver and kidney damage.

In these times, it is important that families are aware of both the signs of methamphetamine use and abuse. In addition, community members need to be on the lookout for signs their house was used prior for methamphetamine production or use.

To learn more about methamphetamine affected houses visit https://www.safewise.com/blog/tell-buying-meth-house/

For more information on signs of methamphetamine abuse, visit our website at https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/drug-abuse-information/signs-of-methamphetamine-abuse.html

Luke Nichols, Denham Springs, Louisiana

Editor’s Note: This letter was submitted by Narconon Drug Education and Rehabilitation, a private, 501(c)3 corporation, with the stated purpose of educating the public about drug abuse and where to turn for help. The Ada News supports public education and awareness initiatives aimed at reducing the effects of drug abuse in our community. It is for that reason we have chosen to publish this letter. Publication of this letter is not an endorsement of Narconon or its specific programs or courses of treatment.