In October 2019, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article entitled “Cocaine and methamphetamine are on the rise in Philly, even as the opioid crisis continues.” Previously another Inquirer article mentioned the increase in Methamphetamine use in Southeast Pennsylvania. Locally, there have been increased seizures of methamphetamine and cocaine, both stimulant drugs. We have also seen a slight increase in admittance for treatment for stimulant drugs.

What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Short term effects include rapid or irregular heart rate, increased activity and wakefulness.

What help is available for those with an addiction to methamphetamine?

Treatment is available to those struggling with methamphetamine use. Visit our Getting Help page for more information about accessing treatment.

Read more about methamphetamine on the National Institute of Drug Abuse website.

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