So last time we talked about Meth abuse of children. We talked about how the users of meth and the p cooks “know” what they are doing to those around them. They “know” that it is bad for them and those they surround, but the “high” they get from the use drives them to simply “forget” everything else.
Now let’s talk about a practical approach to combat this abuse.
Police stats show a decline in apprehensions of methamphetamine. (Source)
Youth Drug Services clinics show a decline in referrals. (Source)
For the police stats, (possession of methamphetamine) you’ve got to catch someone (have it on their person or property) with the drug to apprehended them. The fact is that the meth gets used within a short space of time when the user obtains it. It gets smoked very quickly.
The user is so addicted that once they have the drug in their possession, the desire, the reward of getting high, drives them to use quickly. You cannot “catch” someone for possession if they do not have the drug on them. Instead, it’s been used and is “in” them. Whilst there is also a charge for “use” it is infrequently applied as the expense of proving the “use” is difficult involving costly blood tests and scientific analysis.
And the Youth Drug Services are seeing a downturn, or less attendance, at their clinics because the meth users don’t want to get clean. It oftentimes takes an extreme event in their life to override the massive desire for the dopamine hit that using meth gives them. Simply put, the reward outweighs the desire to get clean.