Methamphetamine: The Forgotten But Not Lost Incarcerator of American People

The article I chose for this week emphasizes the methamphetamine crisis we presently have in the U.S., and that in the wake of panic over mass opioid addiction in the past decade, perhaps the public has all but forgotten about the imminent threat posed by this dopamine imposter. Frances Robles, the journalist, investigates the meth addiction in Portland, Oregon, and states that the number of meth-related deaths here greatly surpass the number of any other drug-related deaths. The increase in meth-related deaths since 2006 suggest something that I’ve never really thought about before–the recurrent nature of drug addiction and culture. Of course, with opioids being such a huge concern to the government right now, law enforcement officials must be cracking down on these specific dealers and the production of these specific drugs. And while this happens in the forefront, it makes sense that in a less prominent light, meth makers are over-producing a drug which is less looked out for, but highly addictive and highly lethal. Now, the article states, the drug is purer than ever. I feel that this could be a response to less attention on the drug itself, but also an inevitable result of the perfection of craft over time. Meth, like any other consumer product, must adapt to be as accessible, cheap, and thrilling as possible. This piece left me wondering, mostly, what our current administration plans to do about drug crises in the United States, if anything. Based on all other policies, I would assume that Trump would follow in the War on Drugs rhetoric, as it aligns with Reagan-like politics, but I haven’t heard much on his stance of drugs, let alone a meth crisis. With explosive numbers of users and related deaths, it seems negligent to refuse to talk about solutions within the upcoming year.