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The Oregonian - All METH all the time!!

The Oregonian has to go to British Columbia for their meth!!
The whOregonian now has to travel to British Columbia, Canada for their meth stories. Apparently Portland has ran out of meth headlines, so mondays headline comes all the way from Canada. Truthfully, I didn't bother to read it. Surprisingly I didn't see a headline about Pfizer cutting thousands of drug-pushers, I mean pharmacuetical agents, from their payroll, a much LARGER threat than all the meth in the world. No matter, here is some real info about meth:

FACTS ON METH

Margaret Dooley, ALTERNET - Although some 12 million Americans have
tried methamphetamine, this is far fewer than the number who have
tried inhalants (23 million), hallucinogens (34 million), cocaine (34
million), or marijuana (96 million). Of those who have tried
methamphetamine, only 1.5 million have used the drug in the last year;
and only 583,000 have used it within the last 30 days.

There is no indication that methamphetamine use is increasing. The
proportion of Americans who use methamphetamine on a monthly basis has
hovered in the range of 0.2 percent - 0.3 percent since 1999. In fact,
according to the 2005 Monitoring the Future survey, the percentage of
high school seniors who reported using methamphetamine in the last
year fell to a low of 2.5 percent in 2005. (Use of depressants,
meanwhile, increased from a low of 2.8 percent in 1992 to around 7
percent in 2005.)

Second, policing is not "taking care" of methamphetamine. While limits
on purchases of precursors have pushed many illicit labs out of our
neighborhoods, the drug is still being manufactured -- just now it's
across the border. Indeed, methamphetamine is now as available and
cheap as it has ever been. This comes as no surprise. As long as
demand for an illegal drug exists, there will be supply to meet it.

While policing has failed to curtail use of methamphetamine, it has
successfully overloaded our jails and prisons. In the 1980s-90s,
California followed national trends by relying increasingly on
punishment and prisons as its primary response to arrests for illicit
drug use. The total number of people imprisoned in California for drug
possession quadrupled between 1988 and 2000, peaking at 20,116. . .

The truth about methamphetamine is that its use is not growing
exponentially, that addiction is treatable, and that the risks it
poses to public health can be mitigated.

 http://www.alternet.org/stories/44915/

MORE ON METH
 http://prorev.com/drugsmeth.htm
Not so fast..... 05.Dec.2006 06:50

Chuck

The article you mention is accurate, but please remember the writer seems to be referring to overall U.S. figures. In Oregon we have always ranked highest in the nation for meth use, and it is still a major problem here. Most of the folks in jail here for meth are here for crimes related to use of meth, and not for possession of the drug. That being said, there is still no effort at all to provide solid treatment for those offenders either before or after they commit those crimes. I have often wondered where the Oregonian was in the late 1980s when the meth problem was really becoming epidemic. I do believe the Oregonian would be served well to focus on stories about treatment efforts (or lack thereof) for those addicted to meth or any other drug. Clearly we have found that if users want to get high they will find it, import it, or make it if they have to. Those in jail will go back to it, because there is no treatment available there. If the new pipeline from Canada is shut down, another will open as long as the addicted continue to use, and Oregon will probably continue as the meth use leader.

I always write this so i'll write it again 05.Dec.2006 07:26

xtinA

Nobody especially the korpy media is asking why meth (or coffee, cocaine, crack)? That's because they'd then have to look at why people need to stay awake and alert; could it be they have to work unhumanly long hours, take care of children and/or elders, or other issues pointing to the decay of community and the rise of a fascist state? Could it be that this half-life makes people without health insurance depressed and in order to survive they do whatever they can to stay upbeat? Nah, let's just blame criminally-minded people with a lack of willpower-it's so much simpler!

Why attack 05.Dec.2006 12:30

kazak

Why they, who wrote the comment, plugging meth. Its a tool to distroy neighborhoods. I know.

Here we go 05.Dec.2006 15:15

dm

OK, here we go with the stupid comments about "plugging" meth. Give me a fucking break PLEASE. CHECK IT OUT -- No one is saying meth is good, kazak. Is your world really so black and white? Open up your friggin ears and LISTEN. Open your closed mind and THINK.

Remember a few years back when some poor single mom got up and told Bush that she was working three minimum wage jobs just to keep a roof over her family's heads? He said something like "Well ain't that great. Where else but America do you have that opportunity?" or some such BS. Think about it.

Stop blaming meth or the nameless, faceless, "evil" tweakers it's so easy and convenient to blame all of society's latest ills upon. Stop being so shortsighted. Is meth destroying neighborhoods, or is it merely a symptom - and convenient scapegoat - of all the poverty, want, need and hopelessness that plague so many of them?