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Warwick is the second largest city in Rhode Island with an approximate population of 85,808 citizens. Warwick was founded in 1642 by Samuel Gorton when he purchased the land from the Narragansett Indians in what was known as “The Shawhomett Purchase”. The city is rich in American history including being home to the first shot to be fired during the American Revolution in 1772. Warwick is located on thirty nine miles of Narragansett Bay’s coastline. The city is referred to as “The Retail Capital of Rhode Island” because Warwick has a large quantity of shops, malls and restaurants.
Due to its historical background, plentiful beaches, and the abundance of shopping available Warwick, Rhode Island is a popular tourist location. Unfortunately Warwick’s location makes the city a prime area for drug trafficking and has become a junction for shipping drugs throughout New England and its surrounding areas. Many different drugs at large quantities are being continuously filtered through the city.
Methamphetamine abuse increases in Warwick, Rhode Island
Warwick’s location on Narragansett Bay makes it a prime location for drug trafficking. Drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana are continuously being shipped into the city and filtered out into the streets. Statistics show that the rate of drug use among teenagers in Warwick is high. This is likely due, in part, to the easy access and wide availability of drugs on the streets of Warwick. Methamphetamine abuse has been present in the city of Warwick for some time now but in recent years methamphetamine abuse and the abuse of other drugs has been on the rise in the city.
Methamphetamine is also known as methylamphetamine, methamfetamin, N-methylamphetamine and desoxyephedrine. Slang terms used for methamphetamine are meth, crystal meth, tik, ice, glass, crank and speed. It is a psychoactive drug in the phenethylamine and amphetamine class of drugs. Methamphetamine is used medicinally to treat ADHD in children and adults. It was also once used to treat obesity and narcolepsy but it is no longer recommended due to its highly addictive quality and limited success.
The effects of consuming methamphetamines are unpredictable but commonly users experience an increase in energy, alertness, concentration, confidence, aggression, irritability and libido. Other effects often include euphoria, hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia and obsessive or repetitive behavior. The physical effects of methamphetamine use may include dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, diarrhea, blurred vision, dizziness, tremors, twitching, convulsions, constipation, headache and numbness. Severe physical effects such as heart attack, stroke, and death are also known to happen especially when the drug is consumed in large quantities. Long term abuse may result in addiction, heart disease, increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, depression and suicide. A psychosis that is similar to schizophrenia has been known to occur in methamphetamine addicts and it can persist for months after methamphetamine use has been stopped. Another common side effect of long term methamphetamine abuse is a condition referred to as meth mouth. Meth mouth refers to the rapid tooth decay and loss of teeth that is common in methamphetamine addicts.
Detox from Meth
Methamphetamine users build a tolerance to the drug and frequently need to take higher doses in order to achieve the same effects that smaller doses once did. When methamphetamine addicts reduce or stop the use of the drug they often experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include the strong urge to use methamphetamine, depression, increased appetite, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, fatigue, excessive sleeping and agitation. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms and how long they last generally depends on how badly the drug was abused. Withdrawal symptoms associated with methamphetamine are not considered fatal but they do make it tremendously hard for addicts to stop using methamphetamine.