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Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Moreno Valley, California

Moreno Valley, located in California’s Riverside County, endures high rates of drug abuse and trafficking. Like much of California, the substance of greatest concern in Moreno Valley is meth.

Drug Trafficking in Moreno Valley

Many of the county’s drugs are trafficked through along Interstate 10. At one point, Interstate 10 was shut down in Riverside County due to a half-pound of meth seized by officials. In 2015, Riverside County saw 2,349 pounds of meth collected by the DEA. A Moreno Valley trucker carried $2.9 million is drug profits and 305 pounds of cocaine in previous years. Another big meth bust involved a Moreno Valley resident attempting to drive drugs across the country.

Warning Signs of Meth Abuse

If you are concerned that someone you love in Moreno Valley is addicted to meth, it is important to know the warning signs. The crystal-like drug can be smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally. A highly addictive chemical, it doesn’t take long for someone to become addicted to meth. People often crave the intense euphoria meth releases, and before they realize it,  are deeply attached to the high meth creates.

Warning signs of meth abuse include:

  • Extreme aging
  • Twitching
  • Tooth decay (meth mouth)
  • Loss of teeth
  • Needle marks in arms
  • Dilated pupils
  • Weight loss
  • Hyperactivity
  • Scabbed skin

Side effects can be subtler than the warning signs of meth abuse. Long-term effects are death, heart and brain disease, psychosis and depression. Importantly, individuals who inject meth are at risk of health conditions like HIV and hepatitis C.

Meth Use and Strange Behavior

One of the greatest concerns meth causes among Moreno Valley law enforcement and mental health professionals is the behavior of meth users. Continued methamphetamine use often produces strange behavior due to brain damage. A survey notes 40% of meth users experience psychotic symptoms. These symptoms are usually:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Isolation
  • Aggression
  • Paranoid behavior

Visual and auditory hallucinations are common with heavy meth users. To illustrate the severity of hallucinations, a long-time meth user nay feel they are touching an object that doesn’t exist. In some cases, they may see things that aren’t there. In rare, cases they may hear things that do not exist. The scarring from meth on meth users’ skin stems from them picking at their skin.

There are numerous reports of meth users picking at their skin because they thought bugs were crawling under their skin. This form of a tactile hallucination is known as “meth bugs” or “meth mites.” Some people have injured themselves with share objects, determined to get the bugs out of their skin.

Lastly, delusions and obsessions happen often because of using meth. People suffering with meth abuse may feel someone is out to get them, undergoing symptoms of paranoia. Sadly, the effects of meth psychosis may not be reversible without treatment, therapy and medication.

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Although some meth users have attempted at home detox from meth or other drugs, going cold turkey at home is not advised. The person may have unpredictable symptoms and need assistance. In some cases, people attempting at home detoxes may not follow through with weening themselves off. If you or someone you love are struggling with meth, contact a treatment provider today.

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