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Study: Violence, Sexual Risk Taking Involved in Methamphetamine Users
A recent study shows that more young adults are abusing and taking methamphetamine.
Crystal meth, or Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant that is usually prescribed to those who have attention deficit disorder or narcolepsy. Unfortunately the numbers of those who are illegally using meth have risen enormously over the past five years. "Crystal Meth" is the smokable form in which millions of young adults abuse daily to get that cascading release they look forward to.
The study author and Associate Research Scientist, Bonita Iritani stated in the press release that "we also found that among both women and men, crystal meth users were more likely to be involved in risk taking and antisocial behaviors such as selling drugs and engaging in violent behavior". Iritani went on to say that 'sexual risk taking including having more than one sex partner, not having safe sex, and having regretted a sexual situation due to alcohol or use also was more prevalent among meth users."
The data noted above was collected from the National Longitude Study of Adolescent Health, a study that examined over 14,000 meth users between the ages of 18-26 in 2001-2002. The study also reported that meth users are more likely to smoke cigarettes, smoke marijuana, use cocaine, and drink alcohol much more frequently than those who do not take meth.
PIRE was founded in the 1970's by scientists who were noticing the effects of drug use had then. The scientists then developed and distributed some of the earliest prevention strategies that were focused on individual and social problems that are associated with drugs and alcohol use. The mission of PIRE is to promote, evaluate, and study programs that improve public health as well as the individuals welfare and safety.
PIRE's man focus groups include, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, public health, safety, crime and justice, education and youth, as well as focus groups and studies on drug and alcohol use by military children. If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about PIRE's focus groups or scientific findings, please go to their website located at PIRE.org.
The 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that an estimated 10.4 million Americans who are 12 years-old and older used crystal meth at least once in their lifetimes for non-medical reasons. It is also estimated that there are nearly 1.3 million users in the United States alone. In 2020, the results by the NSDUH indicate that 2.7% of eight graders, 3.2% of tenth graders, and 4.4% of twelfth graders reported lifetime use of crystal meth. Makes you think clearer when the numbers are so drastic doesn't it?
According to Narconon of Southern California, the signs of meth using are as followed : increased alertness, sense of well-being, paranoia, intense high, hallucinations, aggressive behavior, increased heart rate, convulsions, increased rise in body temperature, increased sweating, uncontrollable movements, violent behavior, insomnia, impaired speech, dry or itchy skin, premature aging, rotting teeth, loss of appetite, acne, numbness, disturbed sleep, excessive excitation, excessive talking, panicking, anxiousness, nervousness, irritability, severe depression, uninterested in friends and dilated pupils. Not all of these symptoms have to be present at the same time.
Pay attention to what your child or children are doing. That 2.7% or 3.2% could be one of your children. Get educated, know the signs, and immediately intervene.
SOURCE : Meth users involved in violence, sexual risk -taking, new study finds - Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation press release
SOURCE : Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation website
SOURCE : White House Drug Policy - Facts and Figures - Methamphetamine
SOURCE : Narconon of Southern California - Methamphetamine signs of using