A flu epidemic can be stemmed and treated as individuals bring themselves or family members in for medical care. But a meth epidemic is much harder to stop.
As an illegal substance, there are barriers between meth addicts and cures: the risk of imprisonment, fines, loss of child custody, and stigma from the sober community. On top of this, methamphetamine affects the decision-making parts of the brain, making it physiologically and psychologically much more difficult to quit. [Read more…]