Nevada Leads Country in Methamphetamine Use - 8 News NOW

Melissa Duran, Reporter

Nevada Leads Country in Methamphetamine Use

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Parents and teens in one part of Nevada are about to get a lesson on the negative effects of methamphetamine. It's a drug that's becoming more popular, especially among teens.

Community leaders have had enough and are stepping in.

It's a devastating drug that can have long-lasting effects: emotional, mental and physical. But here in Nevada, methamphetamine is quickly becoming the drug of choice.

Dr. Mel Pohl sees it in a third of his patients at the Las Vegas Recovery Center. "This is a drug that makes you feel really, really good. And multiply that by ten, we're talking about a drug that gives you a sense of euphoria and power and well-being."

But once the high is gone it leaves you on a fast track to the bottom.

Dr. Pohl continued, "When the meth wears off those chemicals are depleted so people are down, depressed, irritable."

And Nevada teens keep trying it out. It's one reason why community leaders in Reno have decided to intervene.

All local television stations in that city will run a 30-minute documentary on Tuesday night, Jan. 9th called Crystal Darkness showing the negative effects of meth use.

Dr. Pohl says it's an idea he'd like to see in Las Vegas. "Any education could only benefit the community."

He says it's a drug that takes time to overcome and educating teens may stop an addiction early on before it ruins another life.

The organizers behind the documentary say they are already working with Las Vegas leaders to have the video shown here.

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Nevada has one of the worst methamphetamine problems in the U.S.   

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the state leads the nation in the number of people who have used meth in their lifetime as well as in the past year and last 30 days.

Now, community leaders are trying to fight back with the help of a 30-minute documentary called,  "Crystal Darkness: Meth's Deadly Assault on Nevada's Youth". 

It will be shown Tuesday night on almost every television station in Reno.    State and local elected officials, including Governor Jim Gibbons and his wife, Dawn, have appeared in television public service announcements urging parents to watch the show with their children.

Trained counselors will man telephone lines during and after the show for those seeking help. The show is being presented by secret witness and other anti-meth groups.   

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