Despite a slowdown in the use of prescription drugs and heroin, methamphetamine is finding its way in to communities where the drug wasn’t commonly used before. From an article by The Charlotte Observer, the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is quoted to have said that towards the end of 2017 and through to 2018 the number of drug overdose deaths had “begun to plateau” and were increasing at a slower rate than before. The use of methamphetamine, however, seems to be increasing in the US along with fentanyl and heroin. Furthermore, manufacturers and drug cartels from Mexico and Latin America are now pushing for supply in the Northeast, as the West Coast has now become a saturated market.
The US government is trying to clamp down on the breakthrough of methamphetamine in to US states and limit access to substances such as pseudoephedrine that are used to cook meth with other household chemicals. An article from the New York Times earlier in the year stated that public experts feel that the meth problem is being overshadowed by the opioid crisis and more needs to be done to deal with the problem.
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