California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced recently that the California Department of Justice (DOJ) will create a new anti-methamphetamine task force based in Los Angeles. Funded by a one million dollar federal grant, the DOJ task force will consist of six special agents assigned to investigate activities related to the manufacture and distribution of meth in California. California has unfortunately become the single biggest entry point for methamphetamine into the United States.
Meth and Crime
Specifically, San Diego is the primary port of entry for the drugs according to task force officials, and represents about 70 percent of all the methamphetamine trafficked into the U.S. The DOJ task force will interface with what is currently the largest domestic task force in the United States, the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT). One of their most recent operations swept through the Los Angeles Fashion District, where they seized a $90 million cache of methamphetamine drug money.
What do we know about methamphetamine?
Besides being a challenge to law enforcement, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that it is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter tasting powder. Usually taken orally, either smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol; or it can also be injected. Meth delivers a very quick punch to the brain, producing an immediate and intense euphoria. Because the euphoria fades fast, users often take repeated doses in what is known as a binge and crash pattern.
How does methamphetamine addiction affect the user?
Those who use methamphetamine over the long-term suffer chemical and molecular changes to the brain. Chronic users suffer severe structural and functional changes to the brain associated with emotion and memory centers. Some of the symptoms of a methamphetamine addiction include:
- mood disturbances
Is there treatment for meth addiction in Los Angeles?
The answer is yes. Begin by discussing any addiction with a trusted physician and obtain their medical guidance when addressing the health of the whole person in question. Then, turn to the premier drug and alcohol treatment center in Los Angeles, The Hills Treatment Center. The staff at The Hills understands the need for personal privacy in a supportive setting. Located on a secluded, gated road in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, The Hills is comprised of three separate residences each fully staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Begin by contacting an admissions representative today, and let The Hills be your answer to methamphetamine addiction, through detox, behavioral counseling and beyond to long-term recovery.