I watched this documentary last night made by Frontline on the Meth epidemic. Usually TV does not stick with me. It is in one ear and out the other. But this show has seared my consciousness.
What really struck me was that once someone has used meth, they are never quite the same. The drug fries there brain. It so over stimulates your brain that you are not able to enjoy lifeâ€™s simple pleasures any more. Here is a quote from the show:
â€¦for example, in lab experiments done on animals, sex causes dopamine levels to jump from 100 to 200 units, and cocaine causes them to spike to 350 units. \”[With] methamphetamine you get a release from the base level to about 1,250 units, something that\’s about 12 times as much of a release of dopamine as you get from food and sex and other pleasurable activities,\” â€¦
They estimate there are somewhere around 1.2 million addicts. Can you imagine the population of a mid-sized city unable to experience joy?
I could endure almost any kind of hardship, if I knew it wouldnâ€™t last. But I cannot fathom being in your 20s and knowing that without drugs, you will never feel happy again.
I know to some extent people bring this on themselves, but once they are there, what do you do with them? Not to mention the innocent victims: the children, family, and community.
At times I want to be the worldâ€™s crusader. But this, it just makes me sad and I am not sure there is a pickinâ€™ thing I can do about it.