Illinois Crystal Meth Treatment

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Methamphetamine has destroyed several families, relationships and lives in Illinois. There are still well over 1 million people in the United States who need rehabilitation for methamphetamine addiction.

But there is hope as many individuals with a methamphetamine addiction got their lives back after attending a meth rehab center.

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Methamphetamine overview in Illinois

Methamphetamine production and abuse are growing to rural areas in the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois from bordering states such as Missouri, Iowa, and Indiana. Methamphetamine is spreading in popularity because it has a lower cost and longer euphoric effect than crack cocaine. Meth abuse is not common in the Chicago area.

Meth’s availability and production are raising in the state of Illinois. Meth now poses the main drug threat in the rural areas of Iliinois and is the second most major threat after crackcocaine in urban areas ofthe central part of Illinois. The rate of increase in the number of meth labs in the state of Illinois parallels previous raises in other states in the region. The number of lab seizures in these other states has raised significantly. Illinois State Police statistics for the third quarter of 1999 reveal that there were 77 meth encounters in 41 Illinois counties.

Cutting substance for meth

A cutting agent is a chemical used to “cut” (adulterate) illegal drugs with something less expensive than the drug itself.

The classical model of drug cutting (cf. Preble & Casey, 1969) refers to the way that illegal drugs were diluted at each stage of the chain of distribution. The reason for such cutting is cupidity. A dealer can rapidly turn one kilogram of a given drug into two kilograms by mixing one kilogram of adulterant/cutting agent with the original kilogram of drug. This would give the dealer two kilograms (of half-strength drug) to sell rather than one, so when the dealer sells his stock, he receives twice the income he would have received otherwise. Likewise, a dealer who is also an addict could take half of the kilogram for his own habit and then mix that quantity of a cutting agent into what is left. This would mainly leave the dealer with a half-kilo of uncut drug for his own use and a complete kilo with half as much drug as for him to sell.

Drug markets have varied considerably since the 1980s; stronger competition, and a shift from highly structured (and thus controlled) to greatly fragmented markets has generated competition among dealers in terms of purity. Several drugs that reach the street are now only cut at the manufacture/producer stage, and these are frequently with ‘cuts’ designed to appeal to the consumer as opposed to simple diluents.

Even though cutting is much seldom than it used to be, street drugs are still commonly cut with substances such as mannitol, inositol, and lactose. At occasions, a drug is cut with another, less expensive drug. An example would be cutting cocaine with methamphetamine in a geographical region where methamphetamine is less valuable. This is, nonetheless, very seldom and is more ‘folk belief’ than anything else as forensic analysis rarely turns up such cutting. There have also been occasional reports of cannabis being adulterated with PCP (phencyclidine), and sold as “super-weed” but still there is more myth in the area of cutting than there is reliable information based on scientific forensic analysis. It would be highly impractical to cut marijuana with PCP to make a profit, considering that PCP is extremely seldom and thus costs more than marijuana. While individuals have obviously laced marijuana with PCP and sold it (as “loveboat”), the individual buying it knows that it is cut because they have to pay more for it than for regular, non-laced marijuana as it is much more expensive. Someone could sell marijuana laced with PCP for the same value as regular marijuana and not tell the individual that is buying it, nonetheless, the dealer would only be ripping himself off. If  an individual really wanted to make a profit by selling cut marijuana, then they would obviously use something resembling it, like harmless spices or herbs like oregano, as opposed to PCP, which is a spray and looks nothing like marijuana at all.

The majority of “hard” street drugs are adulterated to some extent or another. The cutting agent used varies upon the properties of the drug to be “cut”. Other drugs, like marijuana, LSD, peyote, and hallucinogenic mushrooms are seldomly (if ever at all) adulterated.

Certain street drugs can be as low as 10-15% of the active substance, with the other (85-90%) not necessarily being the “cut”. Indeed, a heroin sample of only 20% purity might have no cutting agents in it at all. The remaining 80% may be impurities produced in the manufacture process and the substances by products of this process and/or degradation of the drug if improperly stored. The idea that drug users who are accustomed to using adulterated drugs have died (via overdose) after injecting a less adulterated “batch” of the same drug, and thereby using much more of the drug than expected is another myth. The majority of overdoses of this nature actually reflect binge use and/or (generally the case) co-drug use especially with alcohol. Another usual overdose cause relates to newly released from prison drug users that have lost their tolerance and overdose when relapsing. Reports of fatalities from high purity heroin frequently occur with one individual in a group where none of the others die. This suggests that factors mentioned above (co-drug use/reduced tolerance etc) are major factors.

When choosing a cutting agent, the illicit drug manufacturer or dealer attempts to find a chemical that is inexpensive, easy to obtain, relatively non-toxic, and mimics the physical attributes of the drug to be adulterated. For instance, if a drug is soluble in water, the preferred adulterant would also be water-soluble. Alike melting and boiling points are also important if the drug is to be smoked.

Methamphetamine (dextroN-?-dimethyl-phenethylamine or desoxyephedrine and popularly shortened to crystal meth or ice [2] or simply meth) is an N-methylated analog of amphetamine hydrochloride. It is a psychostimulant substance prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy under the brand name Desoxyn.

Popular for its recreational use, it acts as a dopamine and adrenergic reuptake inhibitor and sympathomimetic. Because it stimulates the mesolimbic reward pathway, causing euphoria and excitement, it is thus prone to abuse and addiction. Methamphetamine quickly enters the brain and triggers a cascading release of norepinephrine, dopamine, and to a lesser scale, serotonin. Users may become obsessed or perform repetitive tasks like cleaning, hand-washing, or assembling and disassembling objects. Withdrawal is associated with hypersomnia, polyphagia, and depression-like symptoms, frequently accompanied by anxiety and drug-craving. Users of the substance frequently use one or more benzodiazepines as a means of “coming down”.

Meth treatment admissions per 100,000 citizens (2003): 17

Methamphetamine is the principal drug of concern in the rural regions of Illinois, even though it has not yet made significant inroads into the more urban population centers. During 2003, 2,135 citizens sought meth treatment for addiction, or approximately 2.5% of all individuals seeking drug abuse treatment. Even though several more individuals sought treatment for cocaine or heroin addiction, this figure represents an increase from 2002, when 1,540 individuals sought treatment for meth abuse, and a dramatic increase from 2000 when only 556 did. The local manufacture of meth is also increasing.  During 2004, a record 1,058 clandestine labs were seized by DEA, state and local authorities, in comparison to 553 in 2002 and only 125 in 2000.

Update:

The Combat Meth Act, signed by President Bush on March 9, 2006, gives minimum standards for retailers across the nation that sell products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. The law limits sales to 3.6 grams of the base ingredient (the pure ephedrine or pseudoephedrine) daily and 9 grams monthly, and requires that buyers provide identification and sign a sales log. Also, sellers must now keep these substances behind the counter or in a locked case and register on-line with the U.S. Attorney General. Additionally to the federal minimums, Illinois state law requires that buyers of these substances be at least 18 years old and limited to 6 grams every month. State law also stipulates that sellers be pharmacists or pharmacy technicians.

List of Meth Treatments by States