Methamphetamines pose growing risk to users, houses
As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well.
In the most recent data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it was found an estimated 964,000 people age 12 or older had a methamphetamine use disorder. This large number of methamphetamine use can lead to some very serious problems in communities; higher crime rates, destroyed families, and the many risks to public health.
Methamphetamines are made by combining chemicals that can be explosive in bad cases as well as causing long term property damage from toxic chemicals. Houses where a meth lab was in operation can retain chemicals which are hazardous to those who live in the house afterwards. In fact, even use of the drug within an apartment, home, or trailer can cause negative health effects long after the user or producer has moved one.
More and more communities each year deal with this problem and it is an expensive thing to repair, with decontamination costing thousands of dollars to inhabitants and landlords both. These problems are far from victimless with acute health effects that include lack of coordination, chest pains, and burns to skin, eyes, nose, and mouth. Possible chronic long-lasting problems may include respiratory irritability, neurological damage, and liver and kidney damage.
In these times it is important that families are aware of both the signs of methamphetamine use and abuse. In addition, community members need to be on the lookout for signs their house was used prior for methamphetamine production or use. To learn more visit www.safewise.com. For more information on signs of methamphetamine abuse, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org.
Denham Springs, Louisiana
The writer is the community relations director for Narconon, a 501(c)3 corporation.
Agrees with letter-writer about columnist
Amen to Mr. Harry H. Griffith, Sr. for his June 3 letter to the editor in the Times, where he talks about [columnist] Tom Zirpoli’s constant obsession with spewing his hate for President Donald Trump. I wish more people would express their conservative views to the Times to counter all the negative hate for our duly elected president.
Carroll County is predominately made up of conservative residents and yet the Times, under the Baltimore Sun, has become a liberal-minded newspaper. I would encourage more conservative-minded persons to not just sit back and read what the liberals seem to dominate the Times with, but to express their opinions as well.
It is obvious that Mr. Zirpoli, and all the other liberal contributors to the Times, hate President Trump and still can’t get over the fact that he won the 2016 election. They are blind to the fact that our President has accomplished so much for our nation. They have only one thing in mind, that is to hope for his impeachment.
As a result of the Democrats’ lies, distortions, love of socialism, and extreme hate for everything our president does, I’m convinced that the American voters will see through the Democrats’ perversion and elect President Trump to a second term in 2020.
God bless America, MAGA, and our president. Thank you, Mr. Griffith, for your letter.