While the ongoing opioid crisis is well-documented and has garnered extensive national attention, it’s somewhat overshadowed the recent comeback of methamphetamine abuse. Why should you be concerned about this drug and the issues it is causing throughout the Golden State? Today, we’ll discuss the issue of meth in California.
The Resurgence of Meth in California
Methamphetamines are a human-made stimulant that affects the central nervous system. People who make meth in home labs use over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine as the first ingredient. Next, they add household chemicals like battery acid, drain cleaner, lighter fuel and antifreeze. These materials are usually cheap and readily available, and so is the substance they produce.
Meth creates a potent high that acts upon the brain’s reward center, causing a rapid progression from tolerance to dependence and addiction. In recent years, meth’s resurgence has taken its toll on the health and well-being of Americans from all walks of life.
Meth is more dangerous than other stimulants because it remains unchanged in a user’s body and brain for up to 24 hours, causing side effects like a racing heart rate, chest pains, paranoia, irritability, hallucinations, muscle spasms and repetitive tics like skin picking.
Issues Associated With Long-Term Meth Use
In addition to being intensely addictive, meth use leads to various physical and mental problems. Chronic abusers develop symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, rapid weight loss, tooth decay and irresponsible behavior. They may also experience persistent psychoses such as paranoia, delusions and hallucinations.
Widespread methamphetamine abuse doesn’t only affect people who become addicted; it also has severe consequences for everyone in their community. A few of the most significant concerns associated with increased meth availability and use in the U.S. include:
- Rising crime rates
- Increased homelessness and incarceration
- Higher incidences of health issues like hepatitis C, strokes and psychosis
- Greater death toll
What Is HSC 11377?
In California, Health and Safety Code 11377 is a statute that makes it illegal to possess narcotics, including meth, for personal use. In most cases, violating HSC 11377 is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to one year in a county jail.
Having this charge on your record can bring severe financial and legal outcomes, including making it more challenging to hold a steady job or find housing. However, if you enter treatment and commit to your recovery, a judge will likely be willing to reduce or dismiss these penalties.
Addressing the Rise of Meth in California
At Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat, we have helped people of all ages overcome their struggle with meth addiction, especially after they suffer consequences like getting arrested or experiencing homelessness. To make it easier for people to pay for the treatment they need, we accept many forms of private and state-funded health insurance. We will work directly with your provider to maximize your benefits, and we are also one of the few centers that has developed a relationship with Medicare and TRICARE West.
At our CARF-accredited facility, we offer extensive medical, psychological and spiritual expertise in addressing the root causes of chemical dependency. Our evidence-based approach encompasses a comprehensive continuum of care, from medically supervised detoxification through outpatient treatment. Call our clinicians today to discuss all your options and determine what level of care is right for you.