Arizona’s Meth Problem Is Getting Worse

Arizona's Meth Problem Is Getting Worse
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Methamphetamines Are More Prevalent in Arizona than Opioids

The prevalence and widespread use of methamphetamines in Arizona continue to surpass that of opioids, especially at the border near Tucson.

Pima County Health Department Planning Chief Javier Herrera commented on the state’s heavy emphasis and large expenditures aimed at reducing the effects of the opioid epidemic. “[Opioids and methamphetamines] are the two areas that have the highest rates of overdose according to our medical examiner’s data,” he said. Herrera celebrated the state’s work to curb opioid use, but added, “Our areas of major focus need to be resourced adequately.”

Herrera’s call for greater emphasis on the state’s meth problem comes in the wake of alarming reports and statistics from Tucson and other border communities in Arizona. In 2016, law enforcement seized approximately 5,500 lbs. and $21 million worth of meth near the U.S.-Mexico border. Citizens and non-citizens alike are routinely arrested for transporting the dangerous drug. According to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s most recent report, meth is by far the preferred drug among citizens in the area.

The problem doesn’t stop at prevalence. Increased availability and use of methamphetamines and other psychostimulants are creating a public health crisis throughout Arizona and the number of meth-related deaths is trending upward each year. Arizona’s Department of Health Services (DHS) recently noted an uptick in meth and opioid-related emergency room visits in recent years, recording more than 14,000 in 2016, a whopping 17% increase from 2014.

More and more people are losing parents, siblings, friends, and other loved ones to meth. However, not every story of drug abuse or addiction has to end in death. There are options available for people seeking to stop meth addiction in its tracks and keep it from running its deadly course.

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About Dr. Greg Gale, MD

Dr. Greg Gale has been practicing and providing leadership in the field of psychiatry, substance use, and integrated care in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 11 years. He joins us from his role as a national medical director overseeing behavioral health, substance use, and integrated care services for Humana Behavioral Health. Previously, he was CMO and VP of Clinical Services at Partners in Recovery, a not-for-profit behavioral health and substance use service organization, which operates five clinics throughout Maricopa County. Read more about Dr. Greg Gale, MD