Last night my man and I watched an A&E Special Documentary on the "epidemic" of crystal meth use in rural America. (Which we'd Tivo'ed; everything's an "epidemic" these days, no?) It was fascinating in the way that makes your skin crawl. I mean, meth doesn't seem to be the scariest of all drugs out there, but the sheer numbers of addicts (supposedly 1.4M in America) and the type of people getting into it are kind of mind-blowing.
The A&E show claimed that far from its one-time stance as a marginal "gay drug," crystal meth is now luring in all sorts of "white-bread" successful businesspeople and all-American kids, moms, and dads -- and they are getting hooked. Atlanta is apparently the country's biggest distribution hub, shipping the drug out all accross the midwest and east. Lots of communities are up in arms. Houston area specialists claim that meth is "the most addictive drug on the planet."
It got me thinking that diabetes could be a very good reason to turn to a readily available "feel-good" high like meth. Diabetes is clearly linked to anxiety and even clinical depression. Even if you're in fairly good control, living with this disease can put you under a lot of pressure, as we all know. And wouldn't it be nice to have a place (in your head) to escape to?
I started looking around this morning, and realized that sadly, I was quite right. Check out one discussion on MedHelp International under "diabetic meth user and worried." Some JDRF volunteers are trying to talk a young woman into "taking her life back... from the abyss of addiction." I found other calls for help from young people with diabetes and a substance abuse problem. I know at least one group of researchers is taking this issue on.
Fergie, the lead singer of the Black-Eyed Peas, came out recently about how hard it was (is) to kick a crystal meth addiction. Harder still if you can't kick the disease behind it, be it diabetes or anything else that "gets you down."