Meth has become a growing problem for the general population. The popular television show “Breaking Bad” has highlighted this issue with a larger audience because of the success of the show. Shown on AMC, “Breaking Bad” proved to be a surprise hit. It also illuminated how deep of a problem people producing meth with the goal of illegal distribution has become. The show centers around a high-school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He then decides to start producing meth so that he can leave his family with a secure financial future. The show has been lauded by most people who have watched it, and it shows the dangers and allure of producing meth.
What Is Meth?
Meth, otherwise known as methamphetamine is a drug that is used as a stimulant. It affects certain parts of the brain resulting in an intensely pleasurable sensation when it is either snorted or injected. The physical form of meth is usually a crystalline substance and is white or yellow in color. Meth is highly addictive and people who use it more than once can develop a tolerance, needing more and more of the drug to attain the pleasurable feeling that they are chasing after. This increases the inherent and long-term dangers of using meth.
How Is Meth Produced?
People have taken to producing meth because of the high demand for it and the profitability. Meth is generally produced in a laboratory type facility and ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are two essential ingredients. These are the type of ingredients that lawmakers are trying to make harder for civilians to possess. These ingredients are found in such items as cold medicine tablets, and are greatly sought after by producers of meth. The majority of the meth that is distributed on the streets is the result of “super-labs” where most meth is created. However, there are many smaller producers of meth who do so in such makeshift environments like:
- Abandoned buildings
The Goal Of The Meth Registry
Lawmakers have become increasingly alarmed by the illegal production of meth and the disturbing ramifications it has on the general population. Lawmakers in Michigan have called the impact devastating on kids and families. Meth addiction seems to be a particularly large problem in the Midwest. Reportedly southwestern Michigan has a particularly severe problem with meth, so a bill was introduced called Senate Bill 535 that would require anyone who has been convicted of a crime related to meth to have to obtain a prescription to buy cold or allergy medicines. By doing so, lawmakers hope they will curb the availability of ingredients necessary to produce meth. The law does have its critics, who argue that the law isn’t going to stop the small minority of serious producers of meth to get the main ingredients.
The Faces Of Meth
However, even those who are critical of the proposed bill, have to admit how dangerous and destructive meth can be. It’s so bad, that websites often feature before and after photos of people who have become addicted to meth. The ravaged and distorted faces of hardcore meth users serve as a reminder that the drug is literally destroying the user. These photos are often used to show how destructive meth can be, and appeal to people’s vanity to show why meth is so devastating. Meth also induces paranoia, pyschosis, and terrifying breaks with reality.
Lawmakers in Michigan are trying to do whatever they can to stem the production of meth. It has already devastated parts of Michigan. They believe that any moves they make to combat producers of meth will be steps in the right direction.
Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.