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Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska. It is also the second largest city in Nebraska. It has a population of 258,379 according the 2010 Census. Lincoln holds the county seat of Lancaster County. It is located in the Midwestern United States on the Great Plains. The climate is humid continental with cold, dry winters and hot summers. It was originally home to the Ponca, Omaha, Oto and Pawnee Native Americans. Lincoln was founded in 1856. It was originally founded as the village of Lancaster. It was renamed Lincoln after President Lincoln. This was done as an attempt to make it a less popular candidate for the state capital because at the time slavery was still a controversial issue. It still took the place of state capital from Omaha though. It is currently one of the leading agriculture states in the United States. Much of the economy is supported by agriculture, the state government, insurance, banking, education, medical and information technology and the University of Nebraska -Lincoln. The school district of Lincoln is ranked among the top five in the country. Popular attractions in Lincoln include the Lincoln Children’s Museum, Alice Abel Arbretum, Historic Haymarket, and Antelope Park and Sunken Gardens. The City of Lincoln is also facing a growing problem with methamphetamine production and abuse.
Methamphetamine abuse on the rise in Lincoln, Nebraska
Methamphetamine has become a growing problem in Lincoln and throughout Nebraska. It is currently the most serious drug threat in Nebraska. Methamphetamine is highly available on the streets of Lincoln. The methamphetamine within the city primarily comes from Mexico, California, and the Southwest. Mexican criminal groups bring the methamphetamine into the city and then it is distributed by street gangs and local independent dealers. Methamphetamine related violence is a big concern for the residents of Lincoln because many of the street gangs that are known to sell methamphetamine are also known to commit many violent crimes including drive-by shootings, aggravated assault and murder. It is also common for rival street gangs to engage in violent fights and battles that are caused by disputes over drug selling territory. Street gangs that are associated with methamphetamine distribution in Lincoln include the Bloods, Crips, Lomas, and the Gangster Disciples. Local production of the drug is also on the rise and becoming more of a problem. This is also a growing concern in Lincoln because methamphetamine production may lead to many dangerous problems including the potential for the methamphetamine lab to explode and exposure to harmful and toxic chemicals and fumes.
Methamphetamine is also known as methamfetamin, N-methaylamphetamine, methylamphetamine and desoxyephedrine. Slang terms for the drug include ice, tik, meth, crystal meth, glass, crank and tina. It is a psychoactive drug in the phenethylamine and amphetamine class of drugs. Methamphetamine was once used to treat narcolepsy and obesity but is not commonly used to treat these ailments any longer due to low success rates and because the drug is highly addictive. In rare cases it is still used to treat ADHD in children and adults but generally only when other medications have failed. Methamphetamine use can have highly unpredictable results and can lead to harm to the user and others. Common effects of the drug include euphoria, loss of appetite, paranoia, insomnia, teeth grinding, dry mouth, rapid weight loss, jaw clenching, hallucinations, anxiety, dizziness, aggression, increased energy, alertness, twitching and the illusion of being invincible. Methamphetamine is most commonly smoked but it can also be injected, snorted and consumed orally. Many methamphetamine users experience a condition commonly referred to as meth mouth. Meth mouth is the condition of rapidly losing teeth or having them rot away due to methamphetamine use. This is most likely due to occurrence of dry mouth, teeth grinding and jaw clenching that is commonly associated with using methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is highly addictive and many users experience withdrawal symptoms that can last months when they stop or reduce their methamphetamine consumption. Withdrawal symptoms include increased appetite, fatigue, sweating, hyperventilation, depression, nausea, palpitations, irritability, hypersomnia or insomnia and the intense urge to use the drug again.