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The Extent of Meth Addiction in Arizona
Meth is in the classification of drugs known as stimulants. This means it makes the body speed up. It used to be available as a prescription named Desoxyn to treat ADHD or obesity, but after knowing the addictive traits of the drug, this is not something that is prescribed much anymore.
There is a meth addiction problem in Arizona. Some cities are fighting a bigger problem than others.
As the rise of meth use continues, so do the efforts of law enforcement to get the drug out of the community. Recently, the Arizona Border Patrol stopped a Volkswagen Jetta at an immigration checkpoint just outside of Tucson. After two consensual searches were done of the vehicle, the agents found 31 pounds of meth in the gas tank. This has an estimated street value of $62,000. The person driving the car was arrested on federal drug smuggling charges.
According to the Customs and Border Protection, smugglers are finding new ways to bring meth across the border from Mexico into Arizona. Because of the travel bans due to the Coronavirus, many smugglers cannot get across the border in their vehicles and they are turning to backpacking through the desert. The CBP seized three packs containing more than 60 pounds each of meth in a three week period, all brought in by this method.
Tucson has several treatment programs for meth addiction. There are 34 facilities who can help someone who struggles with this and they can choose between inpatient and outpatient.
Some people are creative when trying to hide the drugs they have or intend to sell. A Mesa woman, Trisha Lynn Weaver, was chased by law enforcement after they saw her in a suspicious vehicle. From there, she received and transported 3 pounds of meth from a supplier. When police caught and arrested her, they found that she had the meth hidden in a potato chip bag. She was charged with conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise and possession of a dangerous drug for sale.
This is Weaver’s third drug arrest. Her previous arrests had the same charges and included flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle. The first one found her in possession of more than a pound of meth, 100 fentanyl pills, and more than 40 g of heroin. She also had packaging materials with her. Her second arrest came just a couple months later. She had 13 pounds of meth in a backpack and tried to drive away as the police tried to go after her.
Mesa has 25 addiction treatment programs for meth addiction. This is a good variety for someone who needs help with this. Among these facilities, there are detox, inpatient and outpatient treatments available.
Meth addiction goes beyond the scope of the person using it and can affect people who have no acquaintance with the user. This is true for Alex and Allison Maselli, a Chandler couple with three young children. They bought their dream home in a neighborhood that they thought was perfect. They found a safe, quiet place with good schools and beautiful parks. However, three weeks after they moved in, their children started getting sick and then Allison and Alex did, too. They were all having trouble breathing and respiratory problems but there was no known reason.
It was all a mystery until one of their neighbors asked if they knew that the previous tenant had died of an overdose. After confirming this, they got an inspection and it was discovered that every place in their home was covered with meth residue. They had no idea by looking at it that it used to be a meth house. Arizona has no remediation laws concerning drug houses and it was not disclosed to them before buying it.
Chandler has ten meth addiction treatment facilities. Both inpatient and outpatient programs are offered.
In 2019, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lake Havasu man who was in possession of heroin and decided to cooperate with them by bringing them to a drug run in Glendale. This was at a home where the detectives found 50 pounds of meth, 342 grams of heroin and more than 2,000 fentanyl pills. All of this had been packaged up for sale and would have a value of around $500,000. They also found weapons, vials of steroids and around $23,000 in cash.
The detectives gave the man who was in cooperation with them money to buy heroin which led to the arrest of two men and one woman. The initial man was also re-arrested because he kept a bag of heroin for himself before giving the purchased heroin to detectives.
Glendale has 21 treatment facilities for meth addiction. They offer detox, inpatient and outpatient programs.
A woman, who had been using meth for 15 years, got caught on Ring cameras stealing Amazon packages from other people’s porches. Scottsdale police reported that Amanda Sturgeon, 26, was arrested for the theft of packages from two separate porches in December 2019. One of the packages contained $50 in computer parts and the other a $200 Nest Camera system.
The police noted from the video that the thief (Sturgeon) had an ankle monitor on and this is how they were able to identify her. She was on felony release for drug related crimes and was waiting for her pretrial at the time of this incident. When they arrested and searched her, they found a small bag of meth and a glass pipe. She told police that she is a daily meth user. She admitted to giving the camera system to her meth dealer to pay off a $30 debt.
There are nine rehab centers in Scottsdale that can treat meth addiction. They have the choice of inpatient or outpatient and can also take a person through detox.
A man called Phoenix police because there was another man trespassing on his property. According to the police report, Robert Leslie Sargent, 33, was at the house, trespassing and violating an order of protection. This was filed against him after he texted the homeowner and threatened to castrate him. When Sargent was arrested, he had active warrants from Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. They found a bag of meth on him when they got him to jail.
Gilbert has a total of 23 drug rehab treatment facilities that can treat meth addiction. They offer inpatient and outpatient programs and many of these offer detox as well.
One of the ways meth can affect a person is by causing anxiety and paranoia. This appears to be what happened to 24-year old Gabriel William Catania in November 2019. A Starbucks near Scottsdale contacted Tempe police because Catania was locked in their bathroom screaming and breaking things. A short time later, smoke and flames were seen coming from under the door. Flowing water followed this. Police had to break the door lock to get into the bathroom.
Catania was arrested and found with drug paraphernalia. He told police he had smoked meth a couple days before. He also said he believed he was being followed. He was creating a distraction in the bathroom by throwing things and setting paper towels and toilet paper on fire. The damage to the Starbucks was at least $10,000.
Tempe has 16 drug rehab programs. They can treat meth addiction, mostly with inpatient programs and detox. Some have outpatient programs, too.
Meth Addiction Treatment Options in Arizona
Meth is the most common drug in overdose deaths in the western half of the US, according to the CDC. It is a drug that can be hard to combat because a lot of it is manufactured in Mexico and smuggled across the border, so it isn’t as simple as shutting down meth labs. If someone needs treatment for a meth addiction, there are a variety of options in Arizona.
When deciding to start a rehab program, the first step may be meth detox. This is the process of getting the drug out of the body. During this process, the person will crave the drug and they will go through withdrawal symptoms. These could include depression, paranoia, anxiety, migraines, mood swings, trouble sleeping, or problems concentrating. Meth detox will be monitored by medical professionals.
Many addicts agree that meth is an extremely hard drug to come off. Because of this, inpatient rehab is a good choice for those who want to recover from their meth addiction. Inpatient rehab programs are a full-time stay at a facility, usually for 28 days. There is higher, more intensive care during the time here and detox is usually part of this time. This time will also introduce different types of therapy, which could include individual, group or family therapy sessions.
Outpatient treatment is a program that is recommended for some but not others. Those who are new to rehab, have co-occurring disorders or who have multiple addictions usually are not referred to this type of program. Those who have gone through treatment before usually do best with outpatient treatment as it is often a form of follow-up care after a more intensive program.
Intensive outpatient programs or IOPs can be very beneficial to someone who wants to recover from meth addiction. Some of these benefits can be:
- They can still work or go to school
- They can have their support system at home
- They can have discreet treatment
- The cost is more affordable
- Their life is not as disrupted as staying in a facility.
This type of program can work well after a more intensive inpatient rehab or after detox.
Partial hospitalization programs or PHPs are a type of outpatient program. The clients attend a meeting or program for the full day instead of just a standard meeting length. It can serve as a transition from an inpatient to an outpatient program.
For people who have gone through inpatient rehab and are not ready to live on their own yet, there are sober living homes. They live in residential houses with peers and attend outpatient programs while living there.
Help Is Available Today For Meth Rehab in Arizona
We at SpringBoard Recovery know how severe the meth addiction problem is. We provide treatment for this very serious, potentially lethal addiction at our facility in Arizona. We want to help as many people as we can fight their addiction and start to recover.
If you have questions about meth rehab in Arizona and want to know more about our recovery program, please contact us today for assistance.