3) During the same period, the percentage of workers testing positive for meth in the state declined by seventy-two percent, and meth-related crime dropped by sixty-two percent.
These positive developments reflect the work of the Meth Project, a large(5) scale marketing campaign designed to discourage meth use among teenagers.
This Article describes the meth problem, the Meth Project, the results it produced in Montana, and some key features of its model.
While crack is still the drug of choice in America's inner cities, the meth epidemic has affected large portions of rural America and some urban and suburban areas as well.
Meth operates on the pleasure chemistry of the brain.
The initial rush experienced by a meth user is followed by a euphoric high that lasts eight to twenty-four hours, much longer than the relatively brief high induced by crack cocaine.
While meth can be purchased for a low price, it exacts a very high price on the health and well-being of the user.
Normal life experiences no longer produce pleasure, and may cease to matter at all to many meth addicts.
The social and economic costs of the meth epidemic are staggering.
In meth-infested communities, meth addicts place a heavy burden on emergency rooms and other healthcare facilities.