Recently, it has come to light that methamphetamine, a drug of abuse, is allegedly being manufactured in the village.
There are many recreational drugs out there, and all can damage the human body, but few have the destructive potential of meth.
First-person interviews and Internet research say meth causes damage to the brain, heart, liver, and other organs.
It constricts and damages blood vessels, impairing the body’s ability to repair itself. It can leave meth addicts gaunt and frail. The skin loses its elasticity and natural sheen.
Meth addicts often have slow-healing open sores, caused by a practice called “tweaking.” Meth addicts will pick at their skin because the drug causes them to believe bugs are crawling under the surface.
Perhaps one of the oddest side effects of methamphetamine use is a condition called “meth mouth.” Within months, a meth addict’s teeth become discolored, break off, and rot.
Meth gives users a rush of energy and euphoria. They’ve been known to stay awake for days at a time. When they come down from the meth high, they can be violent and paranoid, becoming a danger to themselves and others.
Meth can be made in clandestine labs, using available chemicals ranging from industrial solvents such as acetone to drain cleaner.
Quality control in meth labs is nonexistent. A user can never be sure of what he’s getting.
The chemicals used to make meth are flammable and volatile. Meth production creates toxic waste as well. For every ounce of meth that’s made, three ounces of toxic chemicals are created.
Meth is highly addictive. Treating meth addiction is difficult.
No illegal drug is welcome in Archbold, but meth is especially wretched. Those who are using unoccupied residences in Archbold for their dangerous labs must be stopped. They must be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Meth destroys everything it touches. We don’t want it made here, sold here, and certainly not used here.