Meth use in Lake, Mason and Oceana Counties is on the rise:

Meth use in Lake, Mason and Oceana Counties is on the rise:

Across the midwest, law enforcement is seizing meth pressed into fake-pill form. Meth-related arrests in Lake, Mason, and Oceana counties more than doubled between 2017 and 2019 (from 14 to 48) – DEA.

Purchasing pills off the street may not be what they are advertised to be. Meth is being found pressed into fake-pill form across the Midwest.

Trying meth isn’t worth the risk.

Trying meth isn’t worth the risk.

New studies show that even a small amount of methamphetamine changes how the brain works and can alter one’s appearance. Regular meth use leads to serious, long-term health effects that can last months or years after quitting, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety and confusion
  • Insomnia (for days at a time)
  • Severe dental problems
  • Paranoia, Delusions, and Hallucinations
  • Violent behavior
  • Permanent damage to the heart and brain
  • Liver, Kidney, and lung damage
  • Intense itching causing skin sores from scratching
  • High blood pressure leading to heart attacks. strokes and death
Warning Signs of Use

Warning Signs of Use

If you are concerned that a loved one is using methamphetamine, you can find signs of use and resources below.

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Long periods of sleeplessness (24-120 hours) followed by long periods of sleep (24-48 hours)
  • Lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Violent behavior
  • Distrust of others and institutions
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood shifts (going from one extreme to the other without a history of bipolar)
  • Odd movements of face, mouth, and limbs
  • Fixations on ideas that seem out of character
  • Unwarranted confidence in random skillsets (ie: being able to “fix” things. Taking things apart and then realizing that they don’t know how to fix them)
Caring for individuals who are using meth:

Caring for individuals who are using meth:

  • Fentanyl is often found in meth. Consider using fentanyl testing strips to ensure that your loved one is as safe as they can be.
  • Consider having Narcan in the house. Narcan is a medication that reverses overdoses caused by fentanyl. Since Fentanyl is often mixed with meth, Narcan is a safe medication to have in the house just in case. You can pick up a Narcan kit for free at any of our locations.
  • Encourage your loved one to not use alone to reduce the risks of over-ramping or overdosing on the substance.
  • Encourage the individual to stay hydrated, sleep, and eat regularly.
  • If your loved one is experiencing psychosis and you need assistance with stabilizing the individual in crisis you can reach out to our Mobile Crisis Team. This line is staffed 24/7. Please call 1-800-992-2061 to access crisis services.

Get local, anonymous help.

Through evidence-based treatment and support, it is possible to live life free from meth. For anonymous, local help call 1-800-992-2061 or text your zip code to HELP4U (435-748).