There is not a lot of methamphetamine use in Connecticut. I rarely encounter patients high on meth as a paramedic. I understand there is a fair amount of meth use in certain subcultures in the state, but in general those subcultures rarely generate 911 calls. We are a huge opioid fentanyl state.
That may change. I attended a seminar on meth use today (METHAMPHETAMINES 101 FOR PUBLIC HEALTH taught by Justin Alves of the Boston Medical Center, sponsored by the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) that was very informative.
The word is that meth is coming. While fentanyl has been moving westward, meth evidently is moving eastward. Here are some of my notes from the presentation:
Stimulant deaths are on the rise, but they are often linked with opioid use.
Polysubstance use with methamphetamine is the norm. It is often used with alcohol and amyl nitrate.
Stimulants are used by about 2% of the population, but by up to 6% in the sexual minority community (Note: this is the first time I have heard the term sexual...
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