Methamphetamine and New Legislation
- Published: Tuesday, 03 May 2011 10:30
Several states are considering new legislation that will make decongestants prescription medication requiring a doctor's signature. The main ingredient of these medications is pseudoephedrine, an essential ingredient in the production of Methamphetamine. In one state alone, Tennessee, police shut down over 2000 Methamphetamine labs last year, about a 50% increase from the year before.
Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous street drug. Once an individual becomes habituated, studies show that their life expectancy is less than 10 years. Once hooked, because of its effects on dopaminergic receptors of the brain, it is extremely difficult to stop use, and relapse is the rule rather than the exception.
Methamphetamine damages the brain, central nervous system, heart and other organs. It not only destroys the life of the user, but often seriously impacts those closest to the person including friends and family. Methamphetamine has become a serious public health problem in the U.S., and state legislation will be a big step in helping to curb access to this substance.