The small city of Vista, California, is north of San Diego and home to about 98,500 residents.1 Because it is part of San Diego County, Vista residents may have easy access to illicit substances that are commonly smuggled over the border between Mexico and San Diego. Recently, in fact, a U.S. Border Patrol agent was sentenced to prison because he attempted to smuggle what he thought were bags full of cocaine and methamphetamine between the two countries.2
Methamphetamine, or meth, is one of the most dangerous and potent stimulants. It is a Schedule II drug, which means that the pharmaceutical version has legitimate medical use but also a high potential for abuse, diversion, and addiction. However, many people manufacture meth in illicit labs and “superlabs” across the U.S. Because it is created illegally, users can’t be certain what drug they’re actually obtaining and using.3
Meth binges, or repeated administrations of the drug to maintain the high, are the greatest risk when taking this drug. Many people abuse meth in a binging pattern to avoid the “come-down,” or negative effects of acute withdrawal. Meth abuse can cause seizures, strokes, psychosis, and even death, which is why finding treatment is so important.3
One of the most effective ways to stop abusing meth is to get evidence-based treatment with a detox and rehabilitation program. Call our helpline to speak with a treatment support advisor about your best options.
1. Data.io: Vista, CA.
2. Sacramento Bee. (2018). California Border Agent Tried Smuggling Backpacks of Mexican Drugs. It Was a Set-Up.
3. Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR). Methamphetamine.
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