Plano PD Spotlights Meth Scourge on Awareness Day, Alarming Use Among Youths Shakes Texas Town

Plano PD Spotlights Meth Scourge on Awareness Day, Alarming Use Among Youths Shakes Texas TownSource: Plano Texas Police Department
Margie Townsend
Published on November 30, 2023

In a sobering nod to National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, the Plano Texas Police Department has shone a glaring spotlight on the distressing statistics and harrowing long-term effects of methamphetamine use, a drug that is gripping the nation with its highly addictive qualities. Nearly 2.5 million people aged 12 or older reported meth use in the past year, a stark reminder of the drug's insidious pervasiveness in our communities, as noted by the Plano Texas Police Department.

The figures from the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use & Health reveal a troubling reality: 0.9% of the adult and adolescent population traffics in the world of meth with potentially devastating consequences. It doesn't stop there, the data shows shocking trends among the youth as well, with 0.2% of 8th graders, 0.3% of 10th graders, and 0.5% of 12th graders admitting to using methamphetamine in the past 12 months. These disquieting numbers cast a long shadow over the future of a significant portion of the next generation.

Methamphetamine isn't just a one-and-done problem; its grip extends far beyond the immediate high. Chronic use can rewire the brain, causing confusion, memory loss, and trouble with verbal learning, as well as reducing coordination and causing insomnia. For meth users, the future often holds a roulette wheel of mood swings, chronic anxiety, paranoia, and, in more extreme cases, violent behavior and hallucinations, according to the Plano Texas Police Department.

The consequences of meth use don't just stop at the cerebral. The physical toll is equally as ghastly, with users reporting extreme weight loss, heart problems that could potentially be severe, and for those who inject the drug, a litany of skin abscesses and damaged blood vessels. And let's not forget the dental decay, commonly called "meth mouth", that leaves nothing but a graveyard of rot in what used to be a healthy smile.

With over 32,000 lives claimed by overdoses involving psychostimulants, primarily methamphetamine, last year alone, it's clear that meth is a monster with an insatiable appetite for chaos and destruction. It's a crisis that society needs to confront with not just awareness but action, for the sake of the millions caught in the throes of this formidable addiction.