Perils of meth driven home by recent events
Several recent articles in The Mountaineer should drive home the point that methamphetamine is a dangerous drug and a plague on our society.
It strips people of their lives, their families and their future.
Local law enforcement recently arrested 28 suspects on drug charges and many of them were accused of dealing or making meth.
A local man faces 24 years in prison for allegedly making meth in Haywood County. Meanwhile, another local man in jail shared his story about his involvement with drugs while trying to warn others of the consequences of meth.
His experience shows that it doesn’t take long for an occasional user to become an addict and once that happens, your life can spin out of control quickly. You lose focus on anything else that is important in your life — school, family, friends and life goals. At 17, this man found himself in prison because of meth.
The list of effects is endless — extreme weight loss, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness, irritability, insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia and convulsions that can lead to death.
In the long term, meth use can cause cardiovascular collapse, stroke, and liver, kidney and lung damage. People who are able to recover from meth use are bound to have memory loss and extreme mood swings.
Any law enforcement office can tell you that the side effects of using meth, as well as the crash and withdrawal afterward, lead to crime — violent crime, identify theft, and property theft.
For all these reasons, our local law enforcement agencies dedicate many of resources to keep meth off the streets. Law enforcement agencies should be commended for trying to be proactive about the drug epidemic by pushing for legislation to improve their resources for dealing with meth, pills and synthetic drugs.
We hope these new laws will help officers as well as deter people from using these dangerous drugs.