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Methamphetamine Use and HIV Are Rising in Texas

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When cold medicines were regulated in 2005 in Texas, the goal was to decrease the amount of methamphetamine made and used in the state. Meth production and use decreased for a while, but now, meth use is on the rise again due to the easy accessibility of P2P (phenyl-2-propanone)—made from phenylacetic acid—and a key ingredient in the production of meth.

This new production method is used by the Mexican cartel and creates a stronger and more addictive drug. My SA reports, “More available methamphetamine means more misuse and overdoses. In Texas, the number of people being admitted to treatment programs has doubled, as has the number of calls to poison centers specifically due to meth overdose.”

The spike in meth use coincides with an increase in the spread of HIV. This is most likely due to a decrease in inhibitions and an increase in unprotected sexual contact when one takes the drug.

Unfortunately, My SA states that at this time there are “no medications approved to treat methamphetamine craving and dependence.” Though the methamphetamine side of the equation doesn’t have any pharmaceutical help, there are drugs to combat HIV.

Of course, at its core, education about drug use and HIV are absolutely key to fight the spread of addiction and illness in the Lone Star State.