The Meth Epidemic DVD Now Available
Few drugs have stirred as much interest as Crystal Meth. To inform and to educate residents about the dangers and consequences of methamphetamine use and abuse, the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department has purchased two (2) copies of the PBS Frontline video, The Meth Epidemic.
The resource, which traces the introduction of methamphetamines to North America and its evolution to big business, is available for loan from the Community Health Services Department, 160 Exmouth St., Point Edward, ON.
"Crystal meth is very cheap, highly addictive and a very dangerous drug that is gaining in popularity. It has devastating consequences on the mind and the body," says Terry Easterby, Health Promotion Officer with Community Health Services. "The addiction can be so strong, the high so attractive, the only thing meth users think about is getting high."
Side-effects of meth use include anorexia, increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature, excessive talking and violent behaviour. Long-term use can cause paranoia, hallucinations, permanent brain damage and mental illness. The relapse rate is as high as 95%.
Methamphetamine belongs to a family of drugs called amphetamines, powerful stimulants that speed up the body's central nervous system. Also called "speed", it comes in pill or power form. Crystal meth (ice or crystal) is a more potent form of the drug. It comes in clear, chunky crystals that can be smoked, swallowed, snorted or injected.