Meth use has been a problem in Colorado and other western states for decades, but the opioid crisis has taken the main headlines in recent years.
Now, another substance is beginning to gain more attention as meth addiction and abuse is rising in Colorado. It may be surprising, but methamphetamine is now more fatal in Colorado than heroin.
Crystal meth use is a growing problem in Colorado, with 318 meth overdose deaths last year. This is part of a rising trend, with 318 meth-related deaths in 2018 compared to 299 deaths in 2017 and 196 deaths in 2016.
On July 30, 2019, over 70 pounds of meth was seized in downtown Colorado Springs. The seizure, along with the rising rates of overdoses, has made clear that large amounts of meth have made it onto the streets with devastating effects.
Reasons for Meth Problem
In the midst of a national opioid crisis, why is meth use spiking in Colorado? There are a few reasons.
First, methamphetamine is cheap compared to opioids and other drugs. It’s also widely and consistently available. Meth production has moved out of small, local labs and is now done on a large scale, bringing down the street price of meth and creating a regular supply.
Meth use also goes hand-in-hand with other underlying circumstances in Colorado — homelessness, crime and addiction to other drugs and substances. Many people who use meth actively use other substances as well. Bringing down meth use and the crime rate in Colorado is an effort that will require a complex approach.
Seeking Treatment For Meth Addiction
While confronting the increase in meth use in Colorado requires a great effort from authorities, helping individuals who are struggling with meth addiction can make a significant difference.
If you want to help someone with methamphetamine addiction, one of the most impactful things you can do is to help them locate and enter a meth addiction treatment center. Addiction is a complicated disease that requires specialized treatment to address. If someone has been using a substance like meth for a long period of time or in high doses, they will most likely be dependent on the substance as well. Going to a detox center and receiving medical supervision throughout the withdrawal process can be the difference between life and death.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to meth or another substance, there is hope. Contact The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake to learn more about treatment options.
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