Meth Has A Disturbing Trend
The dangers of meth are well-known. You may not know that meth trafficking into the United States has continued to increase every year. It isn’t blue like the famous crystals from Breaking Bad, but Americans are consuming more and more Mexican-produced meth. This potent and dangerous form of meth has gained a foothold in the United States, and we should be worried. Why? Because the amount of meth seized by the DEA doubled between 2017 and 2018. And, this year alone, the DEA has seized thousands of pounds of meth. The increased amounts of meth coming across the border shows no signs of slowing in 2020. What we’re seeing is a massive spike in both consumption and production.
Not to mention, those numbers reflect only the confiscated methamphetamine. If we’re only able to seize a small percentage of all smuggled meth, imagine what’s getting through our borders. Although Mexican-produced meth is nothing new, the drastic spike over the last several years has officials worrying. This increase in cheaply produced and incredibly potent meth also coincides with an increase in Mexican-based heroin smuggling. Yeah, it’s time for concern. More and more drugs are coming across US borders. These drugs are cheaper to produce, which leads to lower street prices and more potent substances.
New Statistics on The Dangers of Meth Trafficking
The following is the latest information US officials have about meth smuggling via the Mexican border:
The Increasing Dangers of Meth
Let’s take a moment here and examine the actual methamphetamine itself. More of this chemical is coming into the US, and it’s stronger and more dangerous than ever. While most meth labs found in the United States are small-scale, it’s a whole different story in Mexico. Mexican cartels operate industrial-sized super labs. Because cartels are using laboratory-grade equipment and chemicals they can produce meth on an incredibly large scale. This production leads to the other significant impact Mexican-produced meth has had on the US market – falling prices. A pound of American made crystal meth costs in the ballpark of $25,000 to $30,000. However, a pound of Mexican meth costs between $8,000 and $10,000.
That’s a significant decrease in price. The low cost allows drug gangs and dealers to increase their profits and decrease street-level rates (gaining new customers). Thus, creates a higher demand for smuggled meth. In this sense, the deportation of America’s methamphetamine trade is no different from, say, the clothing industry. Finally, this new and potent Mexican meth is dangerous because it’s more powerful and addictive than anything previously made. Think about it – a more potent drug sold for cheaper. That’s just about the perfect storm when it comes to national drug trends. Thus, the dangers of meth are clear, and they will only get worse with this trend. It’s no wonder meth seizures have increased so dramatically. Not only is the supply increasing, but the demand is through the roof.
What’s the Answer?
Cheaply-produced meth is flooding our streets. Generally, there continues to be increasing demand and more supply of this addicting substance. Now, what can we do to reduce both and fight meth use across America? Well, the answer is as simple and as complicated as cutting the demand side of the equation. How do we decrease America’s meth consumption? Unfortunately, it’s a complicated equation. Solving the meth crisis will require things like increasing youth education and outreach, increasing access to quality and affordable addiction treatment, expanding healthcare services for common medical issues associated with meth use (HIV screening), and decreasing the stigma related to meth.
That’s a lot! To implement all those changes will take years, decades perhaps, and lots of financial support. However, the good news is that it’s possible. A nationwide “recovery” from our collective meth addiction is possible and, in some areas, already underway. If you are already struggling with a meth addiction, call us today to learn more about our amphetamine addiction treatment programs.