PortandTerminal.com, February 12, 2020
WASHINGTON – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that its seizures of methamphetamine during the first 4 months of their current fiscal year were up +51% vs the previous year.
For CBP to have already seized 55,636 pounds of the highly addictive and deadly drug methamphetamine this year is astounding. In just four months they have already seized 80% of what they seized during the entire year FY’2019.
In FY’2019 CBP seized 68,585 of meth, which in and of itself was almost 20% more than the previous year. Meth is back in a big way.
Crystal meth has been all but forgotten amid national concern over the opioid crisis. But 12 years after Congress took aggressive action to curtail it, meth has returned with a vengeance. It’s easy to make and cheap to purchase costing about $20 a hit. Meth is a synthetic stimulant that causes the brain to release a surge of dopamine, creating a high that lasts from six to 24 hours. It’s also terrifyingly addictive.
Although there are various opinions on the subject, it is believed that between 80% and 90% of all those who try methamphetamine once or twice will become addicted to it from that moment. It is also said that the average lifespan of a person who is a fulltime, hardcore meth user is about 5 to 10 years.
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