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In the 2000s, the last time meth use surged across the country, people would often "cook" meth in toxic and explosive labs typically set up in bathrooms, kitchens or abandoned buildings. In response, Congress enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2006, which regulated the sale of certain over-the-counter drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used in cooking meth. Meth use declined, seizures by law enforcement fell, and meth labs started to disappear.
Now, meth is back, and not just in Ohio. Communities around the country are raising the alarm.
In 2012, 17,846 pounds of the stimulant drug were seized by law enforcement agents in the U.S. or at the border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Control. By 2017, that number had more than tripled, and much of it now comes from Mexico.
"What everybody is doing now is buying the cheap Mexican meth, and not cooking anymore," says Vinton County prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown.
"The reality is meth has been with us for many years," Chambers says. In fact, he says, it might be better to stop talking about an "opioid crisis" or a "meth crisis" and admit we have a "polysubstance epidemic."
What's underlying it he says, especially in rural areas, is a broken mental health care system.
In fact, 56 out of 88 Ohio counties have mental health care provider shortages, mostly in rural areas. This leaves about 70 percent of the population with unmet mental health care needs in Ohio, and rates are similar throughout much of the Midwest, South and Western U.S., according to data from the department of Health and Human Services.
"I'm concerned about the ongoing shortages," says Chambers. "If you want decent mental healthcare in the U.S. you better live in the big cities."
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