Prescription stimulant abuse isn’t making the headlines but that doesn’t mean that parents should dismiss it as a threat to their children. Every child needs to learn how addictive these drugs can be.
Every year, the Drug Enforcement Administration publishes a new assessment of the threat posed to American lives and safety from drug abuse.
While methamphetamine seems like a fairly recent addition to the roster of addictive, destructive illicit drugs, it’s actually been making trouble for several decades. Now, use of this damaging drug is on the rise again.
In the last few weeks, two major companies have published estimates and predictions of the number of Americans who will be lost to lose to drug overdoses. But both estimates seem to miss a piece of that big picture.
Methamphetamine is a highly dangerous, addictive, and lethal drug that can cause irreparable damage to the body by destroying the basic cognitive functions and physical health. It is so powerful that it can alter the chemistry of the brain and cause permanent damage.
The stereotypical image of a methamphetamine user is someone who is agitated, nervous, paranoid and artificially energetic, always moving from place to place in a manic manner.