Iowa officials say that methamphetamine usage is still a serious concern.
There was a 38 percent increase in methamphetamine treatment admissions in Iowa from 2014 to 2017, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). They also report that there was eight times the amount of amphetamine-related deaths, which includes methamphetamine.
“Meth is now the second most reported drug by adults at admission to treatment, moving ahead of marijuana for the first time. Alcohol remains number one for adults, while marijuana remains the number one drug of choice for juveniles,” said Katie Bee of the IDPH Bureau of Substance Abuse. “It is important for Iowans to know help is available from Iowa’s treatment network, which can be found at yourlifeiowa.org.”
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is highly addictive. Short-term effect of meth usage is increased attention and activity, decreased appetite and a rapid heartbeat. In the long term, consequences include paranoia, hallucinations, brain structure changes, memory loss, aggression and severe dental problems.
National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is November 30.
Anyone concerned about their methamphetamine use or that of someone they know can contact Your Life Iowa for free and confidential help. Visit www.YourLifeIowa.org for help by text, chat and phone (855-581-8111). They are available every day and around-the-clock.