The Rise of Methamphetamine Use and the Effect on Mental Health in Michigan

The rise of meth has taken its toll on Michigan communities, and it’s only gotten worse throughout the pandemic.

According to DEA Supervisory Special Agent Joseph Dixon, most of it is coming from cartels in Mexico who are manufacturing and sending it up to the states.

“We’re seeing that the meth is being manufactured in Mexico and being transported via air, via ground transportation, also by mail to the region,” said Dixon.

In 2020, there was a 214% rise in methamphetamine seized, and a 59% increase in fentanyl, the top two contributors to overdose deaths in the U.S.

“These two increases indicate an alarming trend in street drugs and the cause and concern because methamphetamine and fentanyl are dangerously potent,” said Dixon.

The DEA is trying to work more closely with local law enforcement to educate the public about the dangers of meth and the rise of it in the region.

“From the investigative effort, to the education effort, and to a multitude of other public private partnerships, we are committed to educating our communities about the dangers that we’re seeing–the rising dangers and the rising trends,” said Dixon.

Grand Traverse Area Treasurer of Families Against Narcotics, Gerry Morris, said there are levels to addiction with severe being the highest.

“When it gets to the severe level, that’s when its more on the disease portion for the people I’m talking about today,” said Morris. “Once you get to that use of methamphetamines, or any drugs, you’re at a point where you’re not going to go to work. You’re going to spend the day getting your drug.”

There are many addiction treatment centers in Michigan, and those with an addiction problems are encouraged to reach out.

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