Texas has a New Methamphetamine Problem

Meth face of the day

Specifically in Texas, this new methamphetamine epidemic appears intertwined with increases in yet another problem: sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. What has happened is that we have a new precursor, phenyl-2-propanone (P2P), which is used by Mexican drug cartels to make methamphetamine. When made with P2P, meth is much more potent and has more ability to produce greater intoxication and enhanced dependence.

Source:  Maxwell, Jane. “Texas has a New Methamphetamine Problem.” UT News | The University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin, 4 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 June 2017. <https://news.utexas.edu/2016/08/04/texas-has-a-new-methamphetamine-problem>.  (photo added to the quote for emphasis)

Click here to “enjoy” even more evidence of the physical appearance destruction that is wrought by meth use.  This “new meth” is a real problem and it’s right here in the Highland Lakes. Law enforcement was effective in eventually eliminating almost all, if not all, of the meth labs in our area. Only to have the Mexican supply increase and now with this new precursor — ingredient — we have not only a larger, more reliable supply, but a more potent and dangerous supply.

Don’t kid yourselves about whether we have a problem here, nor about whether this meth is available in our schools. I believe it is.

It is time for a community-wide wake-up and clean-up. I don’t know how that might come about nor how that goal could be accomplished, but it’s time to get with it.


Methamphetamine effects – multi-generational destruction

Your Face on Drugs
Your Face on Drugs (Photo credit: AZRainman)

Methamphetamine effects are devastating, permanent, and affect everyone in the users’ life. The effects are typically multi-generational. Many babies are born addicted to meth.

This is a presentation I created for a recent Drug Court session. My thought was to break up the routine of our typical sessions and toss out a reminder. Refresher 101 if you will, as most of the participants have at least dabbled in meth and for many it was their drug of choice.

Portions of this material is from a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon entitled Faces of Meth™ 

Faces of Meth

Click on the link and you will be prompted to download the file. The screens should auto-advance but the right-arrow key can also be used. Turn up your speakers.
After the second slide there is a video with music — it may take a little time (15 seconds?) to load depending on your computer.

It is (c) Judge Gil Jones 2012, portions (c)  Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

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