The Rise of Meth in Mass

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Meth is a dangerous stimulant with rising use in Massachusetts.

In 2018 alone, overdose deaths on methamphetamines and similar stimulants rose by almost 21%, with over 12,000 meth and stimulant related overdose deaths in 2018 alone.1 In Massachusetts, the problem is worsening with meth use spreading from small communities of users to all types of IV drug users. Emergency room physicians and nurses are seeing an increase of meth overdose cases year over year and it’s showing no signs of slowing. 2

At Banyan Treatment Centers Massachusetts, we offer meth addiction treatment to help patients get and stay sober. If you are struggling with meth addiction or stimulant addiction, call 888-280-4763 for recovery help.

The Rising Use of Meth in Massachusetts

  There has been a growth of meth in Boston, with a concentration of users in an area of the city referred to as Methadone Mile. 1 But the problem of rising meth use isn’t limited to big cities like Boston or even to specific types of drug users. People with substance abuse disorders and addiction problems all throughout Massachusetts are struggling with meth use.

Several factors are contributing to the worsening use of meth in Massachusetts including increased availability of the drug while other drugs, like opioids, may be harder to find. While some drugs have FDA approved treatments for overdoses or craving-fighting medications, treating methamphetamine overdoses and cravings is tougher without the presence of FDA approved medical assistance. As the number of meth users in the state continues to grow, effective care is needed to help them get and stay sober.

Signs of Meth Use

  There’s a growing number of polydrug users in Massachusetts – users who are addicted to or are abusing more than one type of substance. So even if your loved one is struggling with one drug, such as heroin or alcohol, they may still run the risk of struggling with meth addiction. Crystal meth is one form of the drug that’s growing in popularity for users.

Signs of meth use include:

  • Engaging in obsessive hair or skin picking
  • Low appetite or weight loss
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Jerky movements or twitching
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Mood swings and increased anger
  • Loss of regular sleep patterns


Treating Meth Addiction in Massachusetts

  Meth is an increasingly dangerous drug, no matter how it is used. At Banyan Treatment Centers Massachusetts, we offer treatment and support for individuals who are struggling with meth addiction. If you suspect that your loved one is struggling with meth addiction, or if you need treatment yourself, we are here to help.



Call 888-280-4763 to learn more about our programs for addiction treatment in Massachusetts.


Sources:

  1. Boston 25 News - Methamphetamine posing new emerging threat in New England opioid crisis
  2. Health City - ‘Meth Is Here and Now’: A Growing Presence in the Opioid Crisis
 

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Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.