From the Oscar-nominated film “Winter’s Bone” to the Emmy-winning series “Breaking Bad,” the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines, or meth for short, has been a highly visible phenomenon in the United States. Sadly, the attention brought to bear on this issue seems to have had little effect on addressing the problem.
According to recent research analysis performed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) injuries tied to accidents in illegal meth labs, like chemical burns and respiratory ailments, are on the rise once again. Despite the fact that, in 2005, state legislatures across America began enacting policies to make it more difficult to access the materials needed to illegally manufacture death, the lull in accidents only lasted a few years and, by 2008, illegal meth manufactures had figured out how to make an end-run around those laws.
Not only did the study find an increase in the rate of injury, it also found that the injuries resulting from illegal meth labs were growing in severity. While only 75% of the meth lab-related injuries required hospitalization between 2001 and 2004, that percentage had risen to 90% for injuries sustained between 2008 and 2012.
Methamphetamines are a highly addictive drug. If you think that you or someone you love might be developing an addiction to meth, you should contact a certified addiction specialist right away.
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