Drug and substance abuse is on the rise worldwide and has even gotten to rates that are quite alarming. Among the drugs that are being highly abused globally is methamphetamine popularly referred to as crystal meth. According to meth statistics by The United Nations office on Drugs and Crime, the production and abuse of this type of drug is very high. By the year 2008, approximately 13 million people aged above 12 years old had already used meth with half a million of them being regular users. This is quite alarming. It even gets worse! According the meth statistics, in the year 2007, 4.5% of high school seniors and 4.1% of students in their tenth grade in America were reported to have used meth at least once in their lifetime.
It is a heart breaking fact that in America alone, admissions for drug treatments related to crystal meth tripled to 9% in 2006 from 3 % in 1996 with some states reporting even higher percentages. For instance, Hawaii reported that a whooping 48.2% of the total number of people seeking help in terms of treatment due to abuse drugs were users of meth. This drug is not only abused in the America but also in other parts of the world. For instance, it is the drug that is mostly abused in the Czech Republic. Here it goes by the name Pervitin and is mostly produced in small illegal laboratories that are hidden as well as in a few large laboratories. This production is mostly for domestic consumption but is also usually exported to other countries with Europe and Canada.
According to meth statistics, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden, meth is the drug of choice for most abusers as of the number of people seeking treatment du to drug abuse, between 20% and 60% percent were abusers of meth. In Southeast Asia, the drug is also commonly abused. In Thailand it goes with the name Yaba while in the Philippines it is commonly referred to as a Shabu. The fact that meth is quite affordable is to blame for its abuse. This tablet costs between $5 and may even cost up to $20 especially if it is the kind that is imported from Europe. Production of meth also has a negative impact on the environment. This is due to the fact that in order to produce a pound of meth 6 pounds of toxic waste will also be produced!
It is also a fact that annual searches on the internet for meth are high. There is usually an average of 14,013 searches to this effect while searches relating to meth addiction on the internet average 12,173 annually. Those that searched using the word 'meth' were mostly those looking for information on where they can by the drug from. With the side effects related to the abuse of crystal meth it is only right to worry when the meth statistics indicate a rise in the abuse of meth globally.
Meth leaves a person feeling high for between 4 to 12 hours averagely. It even takes longer for the body to get rid of this drug, 12 hours to be precise. This drug is associated highly with a lot of physical complications that include causing the heart to beat at a rapid rate, high blood pressure, stroke to due damages caused b the drug on white blood cells within the brain as well as many other conditions. Using the drug over and over can also lead to heart problems due to the inflammation of its lining. Overdosing on the drug may also cause hyperthermia (high body temperatures), convulsing and even death. Injecting the drug into the system can bring about additional risks that include the contraction of HIV, hepatitis B or C as well as a host of other viruses that are blood-borne. There is also the risk of scaring or collapsing of the veins, infections that relate to the heart's lining and valves, tuberculosis, abscesses, liver/kidney disease and pneumonia.
With such meth statistics it is important for governments worldwide to ensure that programs that are aimed at eliminating abusing of crystal meth are put in place to help curb this dangerous vice. This way, the world's young generation will be saved from many problems associated with meth abuse creating a healthy generation that will be productive.