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The War on Drugs may be why homelessness is exploding.
Methamphetamine of the 1990’s and early 2000’s was ephedrine based. Ephedrine is an extract from the Ephedra plant. To stop the meth epidemic, law enforcement in the US and Mexico clamped down on all sources of ephedrine.
It turns out there is more than one way to make meth. The other way uses phenyl-2-propanone (P2P). It is much harder to stop P2P because it is made with easily obtained and inexpensive chemicals. The problem is that it destroys your brain. The psychosis, schizophrenia, mental illness, and brain damage that was caused by meth or crack cocaine use over years, happens in weeks with P2P meth.
P2P meth started to become common in 2009. By 2012 it was 96% of all meth being seized. P2P meth is by far the most common drug in the homeless tent cities. The Atlantic has a long article, super crazy-long article, about P2P meth that I’ll link below but here are some quotes:
Thanks ‘War on Drugs’!
Different chemically than it was a decade ago, the drug is creating a wave of severe mental illness and worsening America’s homelessness problem.www.theatlantic.com
We have the same problem here, Australians have always been big users of amphetamines, 2nd highest per head in the early 2000s around 2007, 2008, meth not speed started being used particularly by young people. I think the ritual of smoking it and passing a pipe around made it more acceptable that heroin.
Within a couple of years due to partly to the chemical supply issue but also the addictiveness and demand for meth, the old school truck driver speed more or less disappeared from the street and was replaced by meth.
It was a around this time (2008) I started working at the hospital, In my first year we did around 3000 violent incidents per annum. Probs 70 percent alcohol related 30 drugs. Within two years that had doubled and continued to grow until we topped out at around 10,000 per annum as a relatively stable number. However now its more like 70 to 80 percent drugs, mostly meth and now a re-emergence of heroin and the rest alcohol. Then there's all the other ****, the fried 20 year old kids criminal records, children in the custody of the state, lives over before they've started. Its a **** show.