Because it produces such pleasant feelings of euphoria, methamphetamine is widely used for recreational purposes. It is not physically addictive; however, withdrawal from the drug can produce psychological symptoms such as extreme depressionanhedonia, or an inability to enjoy the things in which they normally take pleasure. Not surprisingly, therefore, many relapse into meth use after being without it for that period. The relapse rate for meth is, in fact, one of the highest of any drug.
Addicts of meth may also neglect their health care, making themselves even more vulnerable to disease. Severe tooth decay, for instance, is one of the most common consequences of chronic meth use; the condition, indeed, is informally referred to as “meth mouth.”
Statistics report that in Hawaii, 48.2 percent of those in Hawaii who sought help in overcoming some sort of drug addiction had been using meth. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that the total weight of amphetamine stimulants produced each year throughout the world exceeds 551.13 short tons. There are more than 24.7 million meth users in the world around.
Recently, CBS conducted a survey on the use of methamphetamine among American teenagers. The results showed that one out of every thirty-three people in that age range had sampled the drug at one time or another and that fully a quarter of them said that it was easy to obtain. This is not surprising since meth — unlike many other illicit drugs — does not have to be transported across international boundaries or otherwise travel long distances before it reaches its final destination point. Besides, teenagers are the age group who are the most drawn to the ecstatic sensations that meth can produce. In recent years, though, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the use of meth by adolescents — specifically, those aged twelve through seventeen — has declined.
Statistics have also shown that meth has been involved in about 70 percent of all property crimes. Addicts often commit robbery and burglary in order to procure the money to buy the drug.