Meth: How it Gets All the Way to Iowa, and Why it Runs Rampant
Iowa is a great state to live in.
In small, farm towns, you find peace and quiet. Things are more simple.
In cities like Des Moines, Iowa City, Ames, and Cedar Falls, you find plenty of things to do and people to see.
In some areas, though, drugs are a problem. Production, sales, and use. I still remember when I was in high school and my cross country coach wouldn't let us do sprints on the beach of a local pond because "There are druggies in Iowa," referencing the fact that there may be needles in the sand.
One of the major narcotics that ravages Iowa is methamphetamine.
According to the Ames Tribune,
"Since 2017, methamphetamine usage has been on the rise in Story County and across all of Iowa. Over 500 pounds of the highly addictive drug were seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 2019 alone, and Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC) in Ames is seeing patients in the emergency room daily with drug-induced psychosis caused by meth, and the number of local criminal cases involving the drug are increasing, authorities said."
This article was written in February of 2020.
It hasn't stopped, and the pandemic didn't help, either. There was a 20% increase in drug overdoses in 2020.
The drug arrives here in one specific way according to what Dale Woolery, director of the Governor's Office on Drug Control Policy. He said it's coming from Mexico, as he told KCCI:
"They're getting it to the U.S., including states like Iowa, not only through drug traffickers but it's also being shipped and mailed into the state."
As to why it's so popular in our state -- it can be summed up in a separate statement from Woolery that he told to radioiowa.com:
"It’s so addictive that it’s going to take professional help, in most cases, to stop that use."
WebMD adds the following:
"The drug boosts the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, leading to an increase of this chemical in the brain. Dopamine is associated with motor function, motivation, reward, and the brain’s pleasure centers."
Woolery also told radioiowa.com that "There should be a sense of urgency in Iowa and elsewhere to prevent meth use and deal with those who’ve become addicted."
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