Mexico Flooding US With Cheaper, Deadlier Meth

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“Primarily imported from Mexico by major drug traffickers, ‘meth 2.0’ is stronger, cheaper and far more plentiful than the old home cooked variety …” |

Nov 2, 2019 |

USA TODAY – Erika Haas calls it “the pull.”

When Haas was 24, her doctor prescribed OxyContin for back pain. She quickly progressed to heroin — and then to methamphetamines.

Now 30 and in recovery, she described the grip that meth had over her for more than five years.

“It’s like God tells you that if you take another breath, your children will die,” she said, shaking her head and trying to hold back tears. “You do everything you can not to take a breath. But eventually you do. That’s what it’s like. Your brain just screams at you.”

The opioid epidemic appears to be subsiding in the northwest corner of South Carolina, a region known as the Upcountry.

Nationwide, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths is declining slightly.

But a new variety of methamphetamine is taking its place as the No. 1 drug of abuse.

By most accounts, meth is much harder to quit. And the latest version of the illicit drug flooding the nation is cheaper than ever before.

Primarily imported from Mexico by major drug traffickers, “meth 2.0” is stronger, cheaper and far more plentiful than the old home-cooked variety.

And with historic levels of funding from the federal government focused exclusively on fighting opioid addiction, states and counties are scrambling to find resources to combat this most recent drug plague.

In the small city of Greenville, Faces and Voices of Recovery staff work around the clock to provide a place people struggling with meth addiction can come to talk.

CEO Rich Jones spends many evenings and weekends fundraising because little federal or state money exists to provide the kind of long-term support people in recovery from meth addiction need, he said.

Rebecca Maddox is executive director of the Phoenix Center of Greenville … Read more. 


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