In many ways, Mississippi still suffers from its history more than many states in the US. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the country. Along the Mississippi River, the largest in the US, the state has developed an entertainment and tourism-based economy with casinos, hotels, and riverboat rides. Mississippi is a state where prescription opioids once reigned as most popular drugs for years which has found a new substance of choice. Throughout the state, more and more towns are struggling to deal with the effects of methamphetamines. The state’s strategies to cut down on opioid use unintentionally drove people to using other substances and many people found meth to be a suitable replacement. A recent drug bust found 140 pounds of methamphetamines, which is the largest meth bust yet for Mississippi. The drugs are trafficked into the state by Mexican cartels looking to fill the vacuum left by opioids in states that have implemented action plans for opioid management. Help is close by if you’re addicted to meth, or any substance. Don’t allow an addiction to permanently change the course of your life.
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Timothy Williams (2020) In a town where meth is eclipsing opioids, everyone is feeling the pain. Retrieved on December 16th 2020, from: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/us/methamphetamine-kentucky-effects.html
NIH (2020) Kentucky: Opioid-Involved Drug Deaths and Related Harms. Retrieved on December 16th, 2020 from: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/mississippi-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms#:~:text=In%202018%2C%20Mississippi%20providers%20wrote,data%20became%20available%20in%202006.
PBS Frontline (2011) Meth: Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved on December 17th, 2020 from: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/faqs/