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UrbanMeth-Summary Box 9A

Friday, January 28, 2005

METH BECOMING A THREAT IN SOME CITIES

THE TREND

Experts who track drug abuse say methamphetamine, already a problem in many rural areas, is replacing Ecstasy and even cocaine as a drug of choice in some urban areas.

THE CITIES

Atlanta is seeing an uptick in women meth addicts seeking help from rehabilitation clinics. An expert in Minneaoplis-St. Paul says facilities there are seeing an alarming number of teens abusing meth. And in cities such as Chicago and Washington, D.C., meth is popular among gay men who use drugs.

THE EFFECT

Users are attracted to meth because it has a long-lasting effect and helps them concentrate and feel in control. However, doctors say meth is highly addictive and that, over time, users become aggressive and paranoid.


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