Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's National Meth Awareness Day

I've never been addicted to drugs, so I don't know what it's like.  I've never been in those shoes.  I have, however, been in the shoes of someone who has watched loved ones destroy parts of their lives because of drugs.

National Meth Awareness Day is an effort to send a prevention message to potential meth users and to educate current users about programs that are available to them.

Meth is a poison that can take every fiber of your being and turn it into a downward spiral.  Families can be just as affected as the users themselves.

Several years ago my sister and brother were addicted to meth.  And they both got busted.  Lives were turned upside down.  It's a situation I hope to never be a part of again.  Theirs is a good news story.  Both got clean and are doing quite well with themselves now.  Not everyone gets so lucky.

As a 9-1-1 Dispatcher, I often get calls of people who have overdosed from meth and other drugs.  Narcan can only save someone so many times.

Meth contains pseudoephedrine, a decongestant found in Sudafed, and a number of toxic ingredients such as drain cleaner, battery acid and antifreeze.  And that's not counting the extra ingredients added in by "rookie cookers".

I doubt a simple post will save anyone's life but if you are someone who dabbles with meth or are someone who is affected by the drug, please take this day today to intervene and research.  You can find more info on meth and other drugs at HealthyPlace.


Sue Hull said...

I did drugs in my late 20s.I did meth.It was me having the wrong kind of friends.I hung out with some not so nice people.I wish I'd never tried the stuff.I snorted it and it made me feel like superwoman.It affected my health yrs later.I haven't touched drugs or smoking for over 20 yrs.It is sad what it does to families.Intervention is one of my fave shows.Im glad your sister and brother are clean.God gave me strength to quit.