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Fargo is the largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population of 105,549 as of the 2010 census. Fargo is the county seat of Cass County, having an estimated metropolitan population of 208,777 as of 2010. The city is the crossroads and economic center of southeastern North Dakota and a portion of northwestern Minnesota. Fargo is the major cultural, retail, manufacturing, health care, and educational location for the region. North Dakota State University calls the city home, as well as several businesses including Microsoft, Navteq, and Cetero Research. The economy in Fargo is thriving, since the late 1990s, the Fargo area has consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates among MSAs in the United States. In combination with Fargo’s low crime rate and the decent supply of affordable housing in the community, this city is ranked high on the list of America’s most livable cities. The biggest problem Fargo’s residents face is the risk of flooding due to its geographical location and surrounding rivers….or is it?
Methamphetamine takes away the charm of Fargo…
Methamphetamine abuse among Fargo’s youth is a deep concern. According to the North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), methamphetamine abuse among high school students in North Dakota is above the national average with 11% of high school students reported lifetime methamphetamine.
Most of the methamphetamine in this area is brought in from Mexico but there are “Meth labs” throughout the state producing this deadly, addictive drug. The number of Meth Labs in North Dakota increased overall from 5 in 1998 to 46 in 2000. Methamphetamine laboratories pose hazards to all of society, containing highly flammable, toxic chemicals and vapors. Meth Lab’s produce 5 to 7 pounds of toxic waste for every pound of methamphetamine produced, these are being dumped in the local area, contaminating groundwater and soil.
The price of the drug is lowering, this is a sign that the availability of Meth is growing. Local police are doing all they can to stop the sale of Methamphetamine, with a record of arrests increasing from 24 in 1995 to 116 in 1999. Police are not only concerned with the sales of this drug but those who are high on the drug and the violence involved during the “tweaking stage”, these people are not only a danger to themselves but to others.
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine has many names, commonly known as “Meth” “Crystal Meth” or “Ice”. Meth is a psychostimulant of the phenthylamine and amphetamine class of psychoactive drugs. It is highly addictive because of its effects, increasing alertness, concentration, energy, induces euphoria, enhance self-esteem and increases libido. It activates they psychological reward system by triggering a release of dopamine in the brain. Long term use, chronic abuse of Methamphetamine can lead to symptoms lasting longer than the withdrawal period for month and even a full year. Many Methamphetamine addicts suffer from a psychosis similar to schizophrenia lasting up to 6 months post-use. Methamphetamine abuse is not only causing psychological harm, but physical harm. Meth use can even be fatal.
- Restlessness / insomnia
- hypertension / hypotension
- palpitations / arrhythmias
- tremors / twitching
- heart attack
- Irritability / agression
- psychosomatic disorders
- psychomotor aditation
- delusions of grandiosity
- obsessive behaviors
- amphetamine psychosis
Fargo Rehab Centers Offer Solutions to Addiction
Do not be afraid of the symptoms of withdrawal, such as fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, headaches, agitation, akathisia, hypersomnia, nightmares, and suicidal ideation. These symptoms can be scary and stop a Meth addict from quitting. Fargo’s rehab programs are here to help you over come this fear and these symptoms. You will go through a detoxification process to cleanse your body of the drug. A doctor prescribed medication will be available to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal, increasing your success rate. You will receive medical care for any physical or mental health conditions due to the chronic use of meth. You will enter into counseling programs, both individual and group to help you understand why you have become addicted to meth, to get to the rout cause.
Methamphetamine is highly addictive and has a high relapse rate so continuing with support groups and counseling after leaving the rehab program is extremely important. There is help out there, contact a Fargo North Dakota Rehab today and start on the road to recovery.