Drug experts warn that meth use is on the rise in New Jersey.
According to Angelo Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, the drug, also known as meth, crystal meth, crank and speed, is now showing up in cities, suburbs and even rural areas.
“What we’re seeing is that there’s a resurgence in meth use in New Jersey, unlike what we’ve seen in the past. Meth was primarily used in the Midwest and West, but now methamphetamine is widely available and widely used throughout the state of New Jersey,” Valente said.
A powerful high, then a major crash
The drug is a powerful stimulant that provides a feeling of euphoria, but when it runs out, users “collapse” and it is frequently mixed with toxic chemicals and harmful ingredients that can cause various physical harms. and mental.
“It’s something that’s extremely addictive, so we’re extremely concerned that it’s becoming so widely used in the state,” Valente said.
He said methamphetamine was traditionally smoked, snorted or injected, but is now available in pill form.
“So it’s much easier for people to learn about it, use it, and become addicted and addicted to it,” Valente said.
Even more dangerous than before
Similar to other drugs on the street, fentanyl is also making its way into methamphetamine.
“Some meth pills contain fentanyl, and we all know that even a small amount of fentanyl can cause immediate death,” Valente said.
In the past, drug supplies came from local meth “labs” in private homes all over New Jersey, but Valente said that is no longer the case.
“What we’re seeing is that most of the meth that comes into the state is from Mexican super labs, so it’s flooding the market. It is cheap medicine.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mexican cartels, to encourage a new population of users, have handed out free samples of the drug, which can cost around $10 for a high that can last 24 hours.
Valente said meth users frequently exhibit personality changes, where they no longer appear to be themselves, as well as physical changes.
“Tooth decay is one of the signs.”
He insisted that if your child, friend or loved one becomes addicted to methamphetamine, it is extremely important to get them professional help as soon as possible. To find out where to get help, the New Jersey Department of Social Services runs a website listing a number of resources for those in need.
David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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