Within hours of lifting a ban on the consumption of 7Up in Mexico’s Baja California, a 16-year-old girl ended up in a Mexicali hospital when she reported ill after drinking Manzanita Sol, which she had purchased from her neighborhood convenience store. According to media reports, the girl sensed a strange flavor and immediately fell sick. Later, blood tests confirmed the presence of methamphetamine. Her parents have registered a complaint at the state Attorney General’s office.
On Dec. 7, 2017, the Baja California State Commission for Protection Against Health Risks had lifted the warning notification against soft drinks and beverages laced with drugs. The warning was issued in September 2017 after emergency services professionals and medical toxicologists reported incidents of the presence of meth in the lemon-lime soda 7Up, especially in the Mexicali area where seven residents were hospitalized after drinking meth-laced 7Up. A few days later, one of them had died.
In the light of the current incident, health officials in the Mexican state are collaborating with the Attorney General’s office to control the situation and seize more illicit drinks. Meanwhile, the federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks has banned the further distribution of Manzanita Sol in the area. Authorities confirmed the recent incident as the third involving meth-laced drinks and said it was an indication of the growing popularity of meth in both the United States and Mexico.
According to the federal Secretariat of Public Security, officials seized nearly 7.2 million doses of meth in 2016. However, during January to October 2017, the seizures rose to more than 8.8 million doses. Health professionals have advised travelers to exercise caution when it comes to choosing soft drinks or any beverage. Drug experts recommend people to check the seal for any signs of tampering or damage, and consume drinks only if the container is intact.
Meth is making inroads into California
Nicknamed as crank, speed, meth, ice, crystal, glass and fire, methamphetamine is one of the mind-altering hallucinogenic substances with a high potential for addiction. According to state health officials and law enforcement authorities, the drug poses considerable threats to California’s central districts. In fact, San Bernardino and Riverside counties are jointly referred to as the “nation’s methamphetamine capital.”
In recent years, being a border state, Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) have indulged in wide-ranging manufacture and trafficking of methamphetamine, inundating the region of Southern California with the dangerous substance for distribution across different cities nationwide. Such trafficking organizations account for nearly 95 percent of all methamphetamine available in California. Further, intricate network of Asian criminal gangs control the meth distribution activities in the Los Angeles area. However, at the retail level, Latino gangs are the leading distributors on the streets. Besides, small clandestine laboratories statewide cater to the growing demands of the drug, both for commercial as well as personal use. These illegal meth labs use cheap over-the-counter ingredients, such as pseudoephedrine to produce huge amounts of meth locally.
Authorities fear that addiction to meth may increase crime in several neighborhoods in the state and turn out to be an immense burden on taxpayers. According to a study conducted by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), meth use among adult arrestees declined after the 2006 pseudoephedrine regulations, but catapulted back to 2005 levels by 2013.
Leading a drug-free life
Being a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant drug with high potential for abuse, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) classifies methamphetamine as a Schedule II drug. Detoxification in a clinically monitored environment is the ideal way to break the shackles of addiction to methamphetamine. An untreated addiction or an ineffective approach to manage addiction can push chronic meth users back into the grip of the drug.
If you or a loved one is struggling to break free from addiction to methamphetamine or any kind of drug, contact Sovereign Health of San Clemente, which offers a variety of customized therapies for meth addiction treatment in California. Our treatments for meth addiction in California are tailored to individual needs in order to treat a person holistically. For more information, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives.