Meth is destroying communities - page 8

I am originally from a small town in southern West Virginia. I have lived away from the area for about 8 years now, but I continue to go back 3-4 times a year to visit family and friends. I have... Read More

  1. by   introspectiveRN
    Quote from mtnmom
    To interject my 2 cents worth into the pot legalization debate....

    I have never known of a stoned person beating up their spouse, kids, etc., or being belligerent in the ER, or leading police on a high-speed chase (unless, of course, the weed was laced with something). Can you say that about alcohol? Likewise, I have never known a person to forego food in favor of marijuana, yet we can't say that about alcohol.
    Then you never met my father. Apparently in some people, pot can have a far from "mellowing" effect. Not everyone but...yeah....it happens. There is some info on the Marijuana Anonymous's (MA) site that talks about that phenom...and what is like to be addicted to it.

    My drug of choice? Dark chocolate.
    If I could freebase it...
    I probably would .
  2. by   Multicollinearity
    What form does meth come in? I mean is it a powder, a liquid, what? How is it taken?
  3. by   WVUturtle514
    Quote from multicollinarity
    What form does meth come in? I mean is it a powder, a liquid, what? How is it taken?
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe it comes in powder form and can then be snorted, swallowed or smoked. It can also be dissolved in water and injected intravenously. I've also heard that some people will insert it anally or into their urethras (not sure how that one works). Yikes!
  4. by   mercyteapot
    It also comes in capsule form, which is why I am no longer able to buy a simple pack of gel caps OTC, for the very legitimate purpose of dividing my son's med into the ideal dose, which isn't available at the pharmacy. There is still a pharmacy in town that stocks the gel caps, but I feel like a criminal every time I ask for a box...
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from WVUturtle514
    Really informative site showing meth lab incidences by state....I'm shocked at the number of meth labs in Missouri.

    http://www.dea.gov/concern/map_lab_seizures.html
    Thanks for the link. Very interesting.
  6. by   mercyteapot
    Interesting. The numbers in CA have fallen drastically... stepped up enforcement or a pull back in efforts, I wonder?
  7. by   onaszi
    it aint just your country who's suffering from meth addiction., philippines too. and as a 3rd world country., our gov't is not giving appropriate attention with the meth-problem,. because they are focused on elevating the state of the poor.,
  8. by   girtster
    OK... so what about underlying causes for drug abuse...it is so rote to bring up the gateway drug card...what about societal isolation and disatisfaction, what about moral and personal decay, what about superficiality and fantasy standards that real people cant dream to meet....its so easy to blame the effects of the REAL problems rather than the causes...I guess blown up trailers and kids drinking lye is easy to see...the reasons that people ever put themselves into the situations that allow this stuff to happen are not as clear. How do we fix that?
    BTW just because I said "moral decay" does not mean I am Christian.
  9. by   weezer123
    This drug is everywhere, all small town America!! It is not just kids, it is CEO of companies, loosing wife, kids, home and vacation home,job,cars and everything to this drug, The FEDS could get rid of this if they would just get the one known ingredient out of America...The ingredient is Ephedra... in most sinus meds. In our state now you have to sign your name for sinus meds. This is a horrible epidemic and has been for yrs and people are JUST NOW noticing it!!! MY OPINION--- America is LAUGHED AT BY MOST COUNTRIES--- because we love drugs so much!!!! And Also have HOMELESS!!! Which is another subject!!! My blood is boiling now... better quit writing...
  10. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from weezer123
    , The FEDS could get rid of this if they would just get the one known ingredient out of America...The ingredient is Ephedra... in most sinus meds. In our state now you have to sign your name for sinus meds. This is a horrible epidemic and has been for yrs and people are JUST NOW noticing it!!! MY OPINION--- America is LAUGHED AT BY MOST COUNTRIES--- because we love drugs so much!!!! And Also have HOMELESS!!! Which is another subject!!! My blood is boiling now... better quit writing...
    But what about the people who actually need the sinus med? What of them, if the Feds get rid of sudafed, like you said? I take the 24-hour extended release sudafed every single day of my life. I have epic sinus woes even after several surgeries. That sudafed PE (lacks the ingredient to manufacture meth) unfortunately doesn't work quite as well for me, and it only comes in 4 hour doses. I'd be taking those little red pills sooo many times per day. I have to shlep to the drugstore every ten days because they'll only sell me one ten day supply at once. I don't mind showing ID, and it's getting old having to go every ten days on the dot...but I do understand it's worth it to try and shut down the meth problem.
  11. by   roseyquartz
    Maybe an outspoken nurse /nurses should be an advocate to Congress and address this epidemic on a national level---stop it before it can be your kid or someone you know.I don't understand how drugs can be a gigantic problem in the U.S. , when there is so much info about how devastating drugs can be!
    Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Sep 8, '06
  12. by   P_RN
    Everyone thinks they are "the exception that proves the rule." I've had a lot of sinus stuff too and was quite distressed when my pharmacy said the liquid gel caps were no longer being mfg. I guess we will have to shop around.
  13. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from multicollinarity
    But what about the people who actually need the sinus med? What of them, if the Feds get rid of sudafed, like you said? I take the 24-hour extended release sudafed every single day of my life. I have epic sinus woes even after several surgeries. That sudafed PE (lacks the ingredient to manufacture meth) unfortunately doesn't work quite as well for me, and it only comes in 4 hour doses. I'd be taking those little red pills sooo many times per day. I have to shlep to the drugstore every ten days because they'll only sell me one ten day supply at once. I don't mind showing ID, and it's getting old having to go every ten days on the dot...but I do understand it's worth it to try and shut down the meth problem.
    I too am affected by the meth problem in that I can't buy gel caps OTC, which I think I already mentioned in this thread. Long story and all that, but you have a better attitude about it then me, bc I am good and sick and tired of having to ask permission to use a product that should be perfectly innocous. Good Lord, it's made out of GELATIN for heaven's sake!!! I don't think Id mind if it seemed to be making a difference, but Mexico is less than a hour away, so you know the people who are making meth are just taking trips south of the border...

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