By: Shannon Persad
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Meth and Fentanyl Abuse Rose in 2019
America’s war on drugs seems to be divided, as the opioid crisis is the most focused on, but there are many different substances people turn to every day. From cocaine to heroin to meth, the U.S. saw a rise in both meth and fentanyl in 2019, according to U.S. News.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, has already made a new for itself, as it’s responsible for a spike in deaths in recent years due to its potency. Meth has been around, on and off, but now there is a resurgence.
Meth doesn’t kill as much as fentanyl, but the rise in abuse is a mystery.
Dangers of Meth and Fentanyl Rising in Our Society
According to the National Insitute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “The misuse of methamphetamine—a potent and highly addictive stimulant—remains an extremely serious problem in the United States. In some areas of the country, it poses an even greater threat than opioids, and it is the drug that most contributes to violent crime.
Also, according the NIDA:
“The consequences of methamphetamine misuse are terrible for the individual—psychologically, medically, and socially. Using the drug can cause memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, damage to the cardiovascular system, malnutrition, and severe dental problems. Methamphetamine misuse has also been shown to contribute to increased transmission of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.”
NIDA states the following about fentanyl:
- “Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.”
- “Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States. In 2017, 59% percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.”
The rise in the abuse of both meth and fentanyl poses a serious health risk to our society. Fentanyl is so severe, that sometimes Narcan, the opioid overdose-reverse medicine doesn’t work.
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