The National Survey on Drug Use and Health Reports that 1.6 million people or 0.6% of the population has tried meth in 2017. Almost 96% of the people who have tried methamphetamine are currently using it as often as once a month. In 2012, methamphetamine accounted for about 103,000 emergency room visits throughout the nation. According to the CDC, over 70,000 people have died due to a drug overdose in 2017. Clearly, there is a meth epidemic in our country that shows no signs of stopping.
Methamphetamine use can quickly lead to addiction and cause medical problems that include passing out due to high body temperature, severe itching, mental and emotional problems, broken teeth or dry mouth, and worst of all users may suffer from brain damage. What makes the meth epidemic so dangerous is that this homemade drug is one of the most addictive and accessible out there.