Sources of Knowledge for Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction
NIDA is an organization that was founded in the late 1990’s to conduct empirical research and provide scientific data on various drug abuse and addiction. The National Institute of Drug Abuse is a subset of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which continues the Department’s goals of “protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves” (“HHS.gov”). The idea behind the website is that with scientific data, widespread dissemination, and effective treatment tools, the people of this nation can identify, treat, and reduce abuse and addiction to drugs. In situations where NIDA has been unable to identify a satisfactorily effective treatment plan that can be undertaken on an outpatient or non-patient (that is, in home) basis, the site provides contact information to proper facilities that are equipped to handle the given situation. “NIDA InfoFacts: Methamphetamine” was not accredited to any particular individual or group within NIDA, and is assumed to be a compilation of efforts amongst the employees of the website.
NIDA continues its article to say that in recent years (these being between 2002 and 2008), the widespread use of methamphetamine has been decreasing. According to the Monitoring the Future survey, meth use has reached an all-time low of only 1.2% of reported use by High School students (“National Institute on Drug Abuse”). ...
otes that the drug is highly addictive, and is therefore classified as a “Schedule II drug”, but it does not explain what it is about the drug that makes it addictive. Nor does the site detail how those addictive aspects affect the body, though the effects themselves are listed. When reading through the material, it is sometimes difficult to have a clear idea of what is being discussed, since so little clarifying and descriptive information is offered. For example, NIDA lists “meth mouth,” tremors, hallucinations, insomnia, and decreased appetite among the negative effects of using methamphetamine. While “meth mouth” sounds intimidating and unpleasant, no details were given as to exactly what comprises “meth mouth.” The reader is left to find out for themselves, or come up with something on their own. One can assume that “meth mouth,” since it is a visible symptom of methamphetamine abuse, causes some kind of problem with the teeth. Of course, that could be discoloration, rotting, or something that causes the teeth to fall out entirely. Again, without a clear description of the symptom, it’s difficult for the reader to really understand what they are being told. NIDA continues its article to say that in recent years (these being between 2002 and 2008), the widespread use of methamphetamine has been decreasing. According to the Monitoring the Future survey, meth use has reached an all-time low of only 1.2% of reported use by High School students (“National Institute on Drug Abuse”). More recent data is available elsewhere, but NIDA’s site was last updated in March of 2010, and so their data, though striking, is slightly behind. It should be noted that because the editors of the site included proper linking to the Monitoring the Future survey,