Previous Meth Messenger articles have reported that meth is an illegal synthetic drug that varies in looks depending on how it was made. It might look like a coarse powder, crystals or white chunks with different color bits in it. Meth is highly addictive and the form of use (smoked, injected, ingested or snorted) determines how quickly it gets into the bloodstream and reaches the brain.
Meth is also highly unpredictable in how it will affect a person’s behavior, which in turn is influenced by such factors as the person’s height and weight, their mood, medical condition, amount taken, how often used and whether or not other drugs are involved. Mental disorders, aggressiveness, anxiety and hallucinations are common with meth users. Because of these symptoms, suicide is not uncommon with meth users and it may become violent or bizarre in nature.
Some meth users who are trying to get off the drug feel that suicide is their only way out, since many realize the future holds only more short-term memory loss and reduced motor skills. At the same time, knowing that is the likely outcome, they still cannot seem to kick the habit. That’s when depression sets in. However, studies have shown that depression treatment may lessen the suicidal tendencies, if the user stays with the program long enough and stops using the drug.
Meth heightens both paranoia and fear. In addition to being highly addictive, meth is also destructive to both the mental and physical well-being of the user. Meth changes people, all drugs do, but meth is in a class of its own. The addiction takes control of the abuser’s life. Most meth addicts lose everything because of one really stupid choice and deciding to end the struggle via suicide often seems the best solution to the problem. It is NOT. There is hope and treatment available through various governmental and private agencies. One suicide is too many.
The goal of the Gila County Meth Coalition is to educate the public so they can make an informed decision to stay off the drug and never try it. “Not even once.” For questions or more information on the Gila County Meth Coalition, contact Claudia DalMolin, chair, (928) 425-4440; Bianca DalMolin, co-chair, (928) 701-1790; Peggy Huggins, (928) 425-1887; or Lu DuBois, (928) 467-2515.