Crystal meth use is still a problem in Lithuania


Research shows crystal meth use is still a problem in Lithuania, although adolescent use peaked in the late 2000s. 0.03 million Lithuanians are current users of methamphetamines, including the drug’s most dangerous form: crystal meth.

With strong, addictive and long-term effects, methamphetamine use destroys the health and well being of young people around the world. While surveys indicate fewer people are using the drug, risk groups need good information about why crystal meth is so dangerous.

The anti-meth advertising campaigns produced by the Montana Meth Project (MMP) in 2005 emphasize the unique physical effects of crystal meth, and its role in turning a healthy individual into a shadow of his former self. Other states and organizations modeled ad programs on the MMP, but later research shows there may be a better use for drug education dollars.

Messages about drug use must walk a fine line between offering accurate information and making a drug seem so dangerous that some people see the ad as ridiculous.

Risk factors for crystal meth use align in some ways with other risk factors for drug use. Researchers who study drug use note addiction is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Young people are in the greatest danger because their developing brains are more sensitive to addictive substances, making them more likely to get addicted and giving the substances a greater effect on them. Maturing brains make adolescents more likely to take risks and make less complete judgments.

Studies on crystal meth find young men who are most likely to use the drug. People, who live in Vilnius, Klaipeda or Kaunas, have also used other drugs (marijuana, cocaine).

Ingvar Henry Lotts
Dr. Ingvar Henry Lotts is the founder of the Baltic Review (ISSN 2029-2643). He is member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the BALTIC REVIEW and President of the Union of Lithuanian Germans (LVS). Ingvar Henry Lotts lives in Vilnius with his wife Elvyra, a orphanage director, and their daughter Anna-Gertruda, student of the Vilnius University.

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