Meth Addiction Continues to Ravage Nation

By Staff Writer

While other drugs may be more common, few substances have the destructive power of methamphetamine. Over the course of the last two decades it has grown from a relatively unknown substance to one that consumed the lives of millions of people across the country.

Experts say that the number of people who seek drug rehab treatment for meth addiction continues to climb. The Missouri Department of Mental Health recently reported that there were 4,375 admissions to state-run rehab centers in 2010. There were only 146 in 1993, according to the Southeast Missourian.

This dramatic increase in meth addiction has many experts worried. One official told the news source that individuals who struggle with addiction to the substance should consider seeking rehab treatment. This is among the only ways to break the addiction, as the drug’s effects are often too powerful for individuals to overcome on their own.

Stimulants including methamphetamine are the sixth most common cause of admission to drug rehab facilities, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.