National Meth Awareness Day:
Celebrated on November 30th every year.
|2019||November 30th||Saturday||United States|
|2020||November 30th||Monday||United States|
|2021||November 30th||Tuesday||United States|
Why National Meth Awareness Day?
National Meth Awareness Day is observed to throw light into the ill effects of an addictive drug Methamphetamine commonly known as Meth.
Meth is a very old drug. It was produced in the late 1880s in Germany. About 30years later, Japan started producing.
During World War II many soldiers from both sides used this drug for it’s stimulant effects to stay alert and focused during long battles. Post-war, the U.S. used this drug to treat depression and as a weight loss aid. Later few people started using it for non-medical reasons like- staying up for exams, keeping alert while driving long distances and also for improving the strength of athletes. Later after it was abused the U.S. Government made it illegal in 1971. Nowadays, it is produced in ‘Super labs’ with professional-grade equipment to produce in higher quantities. But it is easily produced on stovetops in small quantities and quite difficult to control.
How to observe National Meth Awareness Day?
- Post the ill effects of the Meth on social Media and also the effect it has on the individual, family and society. Also, post about the Rehab centers and programs available for Meth users. Use hashtag #MethAwarenessDay to post such messages.
- Try to conduct a speech in a school nearby on Meth Awareness especially for high school students.
- Visit a Drug Rehab centers and volunteer on this day. Taking teenage kids to these centers will throw a light on the worst effects of drugs like Meth on the individual as well as society.
- Also, convey the ill effects of the drug to your family members especially teenage kids and advice them on how to avoid such bad habits and moving away from friends with such addiction. Keep them aware of how to help friends who are addicted to it by informing the concerned parents regarding it.
- To spot the use of Meth by your loved ones be aware of the following effects of Meth:
Short term effects of Meth – increased physical activity, loss in appetite, faster breathing, irregular heartbeat, increase in Blood Pressure and body temperature.
Long Term effects of Meth – weight loss, addiction, anxiety, sleep disorders, change in brain functions, skin itching, hallucinations, memory loss, violent behavior.
Interesting Facts on National Meth Awareness Day:
- Methamphetamine is an addictive drug that looks like a shiny, bluish-white crystal.
- Common names are blue, crystal, ice, meth and speed.
- It is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
Meth intake is done in the following ways:
- Injecting powder dissolved in water/alcohol
- According to NIDA reports, around 6% of the U.S. population has tried meth at least once.
- Dopamine levels are elevated with intake of Meth and causes an intense ‘High’ and increases the desire to intake the drug regularly and make it extremely addictive.
- Till 2018, the meth-related seizures were most prevalent in the cities of Michigan, New York, Indiana, North Carolin, California, Pennsylvania, Tennesse, Ohio, Florida.
History of National Meth Awareness Day:
President George W. Bush signed a proclamation in 2006 to observe November 30 as National Meth Awareness Day.