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Yonkers is the fourth most populated city in the state of New York with a population of 195,976, according to the 2010 Census. Located just 2 miles north of Manhattan and borders the New York City borough of The Bronx. Yonkers is home to many tourist attractions such as the Hudson River Museum, the Sherwood House, the Science Barge, Cross County Shopping Center, and Yonkers Raceway which is a harness racing track. These attractions along with Central Park shopping keep the cities economy growing.
Methamphetamine use in Yonkers and throughout New York State
Methamphetamine use is a growing problem throughout the state of New York and in the city of Yonkers. Just a short distance from the heart of Manhattan, NYC, the city that never sleeps. The night life attracts many young adults, so get sucked into the use of illicit drugs, one in particular is a growing problem in Yonkers, Methamphetamine. Most of the methamphetamine available in New York is produced in California and southwestern states, although Upstate NY has some “Meth Labs” that distribute the drug throughout the state. According to the 1999 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 6.4 percent of high school students in New York reported having abused methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime, this is lower than the national average but still a growing concern for New York.
Many are finding themselves addicted to Methamphetamine and seeking help from treatment facilities in order to quit the drug. The number of methamphetamine-related treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities in New York is much lower than for other illicit drugs. According to TEDS data, there was 374 methamphetamine-related treatment admissions in 2001, which as a increase from 1997 with 291 admissions. Police are doing all they can to stop the distribution of Meth. According to FDSS data, federal law enforcement officials in New York seized approximately 44 kilograms of methamphetamine from 1998 through 2001.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant. Meth effects the brain’s pleasure centers, increasing the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, creating an immediate sensation of well-being. Meth increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rates. The first “high” that experienced is the most intense, and it can NEVER be duplicated by continuing to use the drug, but still users try. Large doses of meth can cause a user to feel agitated, have bizarre behaviors, paranoia and short-term memory loss. Long term use of meth can cause psychological symptoms, including anxiety and pronounced mood swings.
Over a long period of time symptoms such as Depression, Hallucinations, High blood pressure, Irritability, Itching (some users “feel” that bugs are crawling on their skin), Paranoid delusions, Rage, Self-destructive behavior, Stroke, Sleeping for 24-48 hours at a time,Violence and Weight loss can occur. “Meth mouth”, tooth decay, is also a symptom of long term drug use. This condition is from dry mouth, a lack of dental hygiene, and a high consumption of soft drinks containing sugar. Meth can cause many negative appearance problems such as sores and sunken in face and eyes. User’s addicted to Meth continue to do so even with the knowledge of its negative effects on their health, social and work lives.