What’s Up Meth in the Midwest? We Never Hear About You!

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The Meth in the Midwest flies under the radar over here on the east coast. Maybe it is because we have enough of our own problems stretching from the Canadian border down to the Keys. Either way we want to know what is going on in the rest of the country. As we all know, drug addiction is not limited to the east and it stretches across the country. The Midwest may not get much press over here, but there is definitely a problem within the middle of US. Specifically the HOLY SHIT MISSOURI!

meth in the midwest

Meth has been ravaging the midwest and now they are having the same issues with heroin we are.  Above is a map totaling the number of meth incidents in each state. And Missouri, all we have to say is holy shit! Where are you people from there that have recovered? Can we please hear from you?

Here is a breakdown of this map and meth in the midwest:

Firstly, there is such a thing as a meth belt and Missouri is the belt buckle. Secondly, we aren’t making that up. And Missouri, sorry but you tallied over 300 meth incidents per million residents in 2012, which is way above any other state. Only Tennessee comes even close with 245 incidents per million residents. 

Third. Meth and religion go together like peas and carrots. “This is the Bible belt,” as well as the “meth belt.” 

With a finishing number of 11,210 incidents nationwide, 2012’s numbers were actually THE LOWEST they have been since 2008.

Vermont is dealing with a heroin scourge so it’s good they aren’t dealing with meth as well with only 4 incidents in 2012.

And California, well California only had 2 incidents per million residents in 2012. Not saying that places like Missouri and Tennessee don’t have a pretty awful meth problem, but ya gotta wonder whether or not California and every other state on this map are underestimating or changing their definition of a “meth incident.”

Next, meth is bad. Seriously people. Don’t do it. 

FLORIDA! Numbers are higher than expected why don’t we hear about this? But I guess the meth problem is way overshadowed by every other drug problem that is running rampant throughout the state so we get it.

Oh and Delaware, you don’t count. You kind of aren’t a real state. Sorry.

The Facts About Meth

Trailing only alcohol and marijuana, methamphetamine has outpaced heroin and cocaine to become one of the most frequently used drugs in many Midwestern states. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug that stimulates the central nervous system. It is smoked, injected, snorted or taken orally. Some users heat powdered meth on aluminum foil and inhale the vapors. Use can have toxic side effects, including convulsions and death. Long-term abuse can result in anxiety, confusion, violence, insomnia, paranoia, hallucinations and delusions, as well as homicidal or suicidal thoughts. The effects of meth use during pregnancy include increased risk of premature delivery, distorted fetal reflexes, low birth weight, deformities, placental abruption, impaired growth, abnormal neurological function, tremors and abnormal muscle tone. Children exposed to meth labs risk inhalation, absorption or ingestion of precursors or the drug itself, contamination of food or drinks, respiratory difficulties, nausea, chest pain and irritation of the eyes and tissue. They also are endangered by an increased possibility of fires and explosions, hazardous living conditions, abuse and neglect.

If you’re from a state that has been hit hard with meth please share with us. We don’t want any issue to go overlooked. If you are recovered from meth please share! If you need help with meth contact us!