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Houston is the largest city in Texas with an approximate population of 2.1 million citizens. Houston is also the fourth largest city in the United States. It is the home of NASA’s Johnson’s Space Center and the Texas Medical Center which is the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions. Houston is famous for its energy industry and is considered the energy capital of the world. Five supermajor energy companies have bases of operation in Houston. The city of Houston is very diverse because there is an increasing international population and because the population is made up of a variety of ethnic and religious groups. Ninety different languages are known to be spoken in Houston, Texas. Houston is a vibrant city full of diversity and ingenuity but it also has a large population of drug users.
Methamphetamine abuse on the rise in Houston, Texas
Drug abuse has long been a problem for the city of Houston, Texas. Drugs are endlessly being filtered into the city because of its close proximity to the Mexican border and because of the constant problem of drug trafficking across the border. This results in drugs like methamphetamine, crack cocaine and heroin being widely available. The high level of drug use in Houston increases the rate of violent crimes within the city as well. The likeliness of robberies, car theft, gang activity and burglaries increases when there is high rate of drug abuse. The presence of dangerous drug organizations near the city draws gang activity to Houston bringing with it higher incidences of assaults, murders, drug activity, possession of illegal weapons and shootings. The trafficking and abuse of methamphetamines is becoming a growing problem for Houston, Texas. Methamphetamine abuse is very dangerous because it is extremely addictive and can result in adverse health effects and fatalities.
Methamphetamine, also known as meth, ice, tik, crystal meth, crank, glass, and tina, is a pyschostimulant drug that is used medicinally to treat ADHD. It has also been known to treat obesity and narcolepsy but it is not as common because it’s high rate of addictiveness. When used recreationally methamphetamine is in a crystalline form and is most commonly smoked using a glass pipe. It can also be consumed orally, snorted, injected, or as a suppository. The abuse of methamphetamine can be very dangerous and can have many harmful effects on the user’s health. The effects of methamphetamine are a sense of euphoria, rapid weight loss, insomnia, twitching, paranoia, dry mouth, obsessive behavior, dizziness, feeling of invincibility, hallucinations, jaw clenching and diarrhea. It also increases alertness, concentration, energy level, aggression, anxiety, irritability, sociability, and libido. Adverse health effects include hypertension, stroke, heart attack and fatal overdose. A condition referred to as meth mouth in which meth user’s teeth rot abnormally quickly is also very common. Meth mouth is thought to be caused by the combination of the user having frequent dry mouth and continuously clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. This results in the teeth rotting away extremely quickly. When methamphetamines are frequently used the user builds a tolerance to the drug and requires larger amounts each time it is used to achieve the same level of intoxication. It is also likely that methamphetamine users will suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, excessive sleep, increased appetite and disturbed sleep. Withdrawal symptoms are have been known to last for months and even up to a year which makes it relapses common.