Los Angeles, July 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Los Angeles, California –
Los Angeles, CA – The record seizure of methamphetamine by federal agents is good news for the fight against the illegal drug trade. But while Muse Treatment applauds the seizure, it also sees it as a reminder that the tragedy of meth addiction has not abated.
Muse, a Los Angeles center for addiction treatment, is urging health care and political leaders to continue to look for solutions that eliminate demand for meth and other drugs, leading to a disturbing rise in deaths from drug addiction. overdoses.
According to news reports, a group of Mexican nationals brought the drug to the US from Otay Mesa, near Tijuana. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said officers saw the men remove dozens of cardboard boxes from the truck and put them into a Dodge van. They said the two vehicles contained about 148 bundles of a material that tested positive for meth, weighing more than 5,000 pounds, which they called “record-breaking” and said it was one of the largest meth busts in San history. Diego County could be.
The four men were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, classified as a Schedule II controlled substance due to its high potential for dependence and recreational abuse. If convicted, the men face severe penalties, including a minimum of 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine.
“This landmark seizure represents another victory over drug cartels that fuel addiction in the United States,” Shelly S. Howe, DEA Special Agent in Charge, said in a statement released announcing the US attorney’s arrest. “Because of our great partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, we will continue to disrupt the drug flow from the cartels into our cities.”
The bust comes at a crisis point in the meth situation. According to a recently published study in JAMA Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association, deaths from meth use increased nearly 180% from 2015 to 2019. Meth accounts for a large proportion of all drug overdose deaths. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 96,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2020. About 15-20% of this involved methamphetamine.
Like opioids, much of the methamphetamine supply is contaminated by the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which experts say is fueling the rapid rise in meth overdoses. In the wake of these disturbing findings, addiction experts have called for more research and funding for effective methamphetamine treatment.
Meth is one of the substances that Muse Treatment focuses on in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction and related mental disorders. Meth treatment programs begin with medically supervised detox to rid the body of toxins. Both residential and outpatient rehabilitation are offered as part of the full continuum of care. Residential treatment provides structure and security as clients cope with the complex problems of their addiction without the distractions and pressures of everyday life. It is also a safe space where clients are helped to discover the underlying causes of their addiction. Outpatient rehabilitation supports patients in applying what they learn in rehabilitation in their daily lives. Treatment programs include behavioral therapy, 12 Step integration, and even virtual therapy. They are custom designed for each client’s individual needs and work through the unique physical, psychological and neurological challenges presented by the substance abuse disorder. Treatment can take several weeks, months, or even longer, depending on the severity of the addiction and other factors.
Muse Treatment’s clinical team is made up of addiction treatment experts. It also provides a comfortable, compassionate environment where meth addiction can be overcome with the best treatment available.
Muse Treatment offers comprehensive treatment of drug and alcohol use disorders. Call (800) 426-1818 for help for yourself or a loved one.
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