The Historical and Current Perspectives of the Methamphetamine Abuse Phenomena in the United States Public

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  • Methamphetamine has flooded the media for the past two decades however, this drug has impacted the nation for many decades prior. Since its synthesis in 1893, methamphetamine has appealed to various aspects of society including soldiers, housewives, college students, businessmen, truck drivers, drugged crazed hippies, and athletes. The extensive effects, easy production methods, and low-cost has caused methamphetamine to maintain an influence in the US for almost a century. However, the reality of methamphetamine use is unknown to the majority of today’s society. The media has profiled users, exaggerated use, and amplified the effects through prevention programs such as the Oregonian’s Faces of Meth and the Montana Meth Project. This has caused a current, ignorant perspective of methamphetamine use. The actuality of the matter is that methamphetamine remains to be one of the least used drugs in America but is being defined by the socially stigmatized term “epidemic”. The false portrayal of methamphetamine by the media is in hopes to prevent further use. Nevertheless, is it moral for the media to exaggerate drug use for the good of society? Methamphetamine is not a drug to be reckoned with but, it is also not the sloughing beast that has been displayed in the media.
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