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National, state, and local statistics show that programs like ours offer valuable community resources that are necessary to support the people who live and work in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County.
Stimulants are a class of drugs that speed up messages travelling between the brain and body. Methamphetamine (or meth) is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant developed illicitly. Stimulants are also commonly prescribed as medication to manage ADD/ADHD such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse.
Desoxyn, Chalk, Crystal, Ice, Glass, Tina, Trash, Tweak, Shabu, Shards, Speed, Stove top, Uppers
Rotting teeth, Intense scratching, Thinning body, Acne or sores, Paranoia, Irritability, Confusion
Short-Term: Increased wakefulness, Increased attention, Decreased appetite, Increased respiration, Rapid heart rate, Irregular heartbeat, Increased blood pressure, Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), Convulsions, Feeling of euphoria (increased dopamine cycle)
Long-Term: Addiction, Depression (difficulty feeling pleasure without use), Changes in brain structure and function, Significant anxiety, Confusion, Memory loss, Weight loss, Severe Dental problems, Insomnia, Mood disturbances, Violent behavior, Paranoia, Hallucinations, Delusions
Chest pain, Arrhythmias, Hypertension or hypotension, Labored breathing, Agitation, Hallucinations, Psychosis, Seizures, Slow heartbeat, Hyperthermia (burning up)
According to the CDC wonder database, in 2020, approximately 23,837 people in the United States died from a methamphetamine overdose.
A 2020 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that among people aged 12 or older, 0.3% (or 758,000 people) had a prescription stimulant use disorder in the past year.
According to the CDC DOSE Dashboard, 551 people experienced a fatal methamphetamine overdose in Virginia in 2021. This is a 42% increase in fatal methamphetamine overdoses compared to 2020.
The 2019-2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 0.5% of Virginians ages 18+ used meth in that past year.
According to the Virginia Department Health, in 2021, there were five fatal meth overdoses reported in Harrisonburg City and two in Rockingham County.
According to the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall are the most common prescription stimulants being misused in the commonwealth.
The National Center For Drug Abuse Statistics reports that nationally, 0.8% of males and 0.4% of females use methamphetamines.
Patch reported that in 2021 the CDC and DEA announced a nearly 20% increase in drug overdose deaths in Virginia due to fentanyl.
According to the activist organization, Families Against Fentanyl, there has been a 403% increase in fentanyl deaths in Virginia from 2015-2021.
In 2021, 1,860 students were surveyed in Harrisonburg-Rockingham schools and 1.1% of them reported that they used over-the-counter drugs which is a decrease from 2019 (3.7%).
In 2020, The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported that 4.6% of 11,800 students surveyed across 112 U.S. schools reported misuse of cough medicine.
According to the Virginia Social Indicator Dashboard, in 2017, 496 Harrisonburg-Rockingham residents sought out substance use treatment for methamphetamines
The Virginia Social Indicator Dashboard reported that 315 Harrisonburg-Rockingham residents sought out substance use treatment for opioids/synthetics in 2017.