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History of Meth

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Meth (or methamphetamine) is an intense stimulant that works on the central nervous system (CNS).[1] The drug has a high incidence of abuse, and meth dependence is a growing problem all over the county.

German scientists first synthesized amphetamines in 1887. There was no real call or need for the drug until the 1920’s when it began to be used as a curative for a number of illnesses including decongestion and even depression.

Methamphetamine was discovered in Japan around 1920. It was easier to make than amphetamines and because of its water-soluble powder form, was a candidate for injection into the bloodstream.

Soldiers landing on Omaha BeachMeth use has its roots in World War II, when soldiers were given amphetamines to help them stay awake and stay alert, and factory workers were given the drug in an effort to keep them more productive. (On an interesting note: while serving in the army during the Korean conflict, Elvis Presley began taking amphetamines—an addiction that would lead him to a lifelong drug problem and eventually cost him his life).[2] After the war, meth abuse became epidemic in Japan, where large amounts of the drug that had been stored for use by allied soldiers became available to the general public.

In the decades following the war, methamphetamines were becoming a solution of choice to help people lose weight. The use of and addiction to the drug became a growing problem. People started using meth for everything, including improved athletic performance, staying awake and alert, and weight loss.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s people from all walks of life used amphetamines to boost productivity and stay awake. This led many to eventually turn to injecting methamphetamine as a way to get a more intense high. In 1970, the U.S. government banned the sale of injectable methamphetamine, which lowered usage greatly all over the country. Meth remained somewhat dormant as a drug of choice until the end of the 20th century when cheap, homemade recipes for the drug became readily available.

What You Need to Know About the History of Crystal Meth

Suburban meth houseToday meth use has become the scourge of many American communities. Centered mainly in the western United States (but fast becoming a problem everywhere) meth has gone local and become that much more dangerous. Meth labs are positioned in many desolate areas and small towns around the country. They carry with them several highly negative elements, including firearms, dangerous individuals, and toxic substances causing irreparable harm to the environment.

The homemade meth is so easy to make—and remains relatively inexpensive—that it has become a substitute for cocaine to many drug users. The result is a rise in the number of meth labs and meth use that law enforcement is currently struggling to control.

At Michael’s House, we understand the history of meth—and use that knowledge to help our patients get clean and stay clean. The warm, loving, supportive environment at Michael’s House help ensure that the patient will enjoy a long, happy life—and be able to write their own family history one day.

Michael’s House understands meth use and drug addiction—and the emotional and psychological conditions that can lead to despair, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. We are here to help you. We are experts who care. Call us today at our 24 hour, toll-free helpline at 760.548.4032. We can even check your insurance coverage for you. We want to help you begin a sober life now.