Posted March 09, A teenager's stories of growing up around methamphetamine use have sparked calls for more support for young people affected by family drug use in regional areas. Sixteen-year-old Tishelle Olle started writing letters after fights with her family in her early teens. I would write out of hurt and that seemed to be the real start. But the nights of putting pen to paper have paid off, with the teen co-authoring a book that was recently launched by the youth support service Headspace. Called Operation Defrost, the book is named after a program run by the service in Mount Gambier, in the south-east of South Australia.
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CNN -- It's a snapshot meant to shock: a bloodied woman hunched over with this caption underneath, "My mother knew I'd never hurt her, then she got in the way. Graphic ads about the dangers of meth addiction are trying to tackle what's a top drug problem in small towns. The Meth Project has made a name for itself with graphic, disturbing print and broadcast ads meant to wake up kids to the dangers of methamphetamine addiction. Another ad shows a filthy urinal with the caption, "No one thinks they'll lose their virginity here. Meth will change that. The nonprofit organization said it's baring the ugly truth about what the Drug Enforcement Administration calls the most dangerous drug problem of small-town America.
Teen's writing reveals struggle of living in household impacted by methamphetamine use
Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about percent from to , according to a study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That dwarfs the rise in hospitalizations from other drugs, such as opioids, which were up by about 46 percent. The most significant increases were in Western states. Tarak Trivedi, emergency room physician. And medical examiners see it in the morgue, where in a few states, such as Texas and Colorado, overdoses from meth have surpassed those from the opioid heroin.
It completed me. I felt whole for the first time. It comes in a white powder or pill form and is bitter-tasting. The form that Nic describes is crystal methamphetamine and looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. It is a stimulant like caffeine and cocaine, although far more powerful.