The Daily Buzz: January 5, 2015
Mexican cartels grab a growing slice of the US meth market; study finds ADHD drugs are "ineffective and harmful; and here's how to track your drinking through January.
Meth Seizures at US-Mexico Border Set New Records
Meth has historically been Made in the USA, but that could be changing as Mexican drug cartels move in on the market. According to new numbers, seizures of methamphetamine at the border reached a new high in 2014, jumping 300% since 2009, as cartels benefit cost-wise from making the drug and transporting it north.
Alcohol-Prohibition Laws May Lead to Less Liquor, But More Meth
And people who live in parts of the US where booze is illegal may be more likely to turn to meth, according to economists at the University of Louisville. They found that Kentucky’s dry counties have more meth lab seizures per capita than in counties where liquor is legal.
Myanmar Returns to What Sells: Heroin
After a period of decreased production, Myanmar is returning to its role as a “major player” in the global heroin trade, The New York Times reports. Heroin production in the country has nearly tripled since 2006, according to recent UN surveys.
Up to one out of 225 toddlers in the US has been prescribed drugs for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). But a new study conducted by the Journal of Health Economics reveals that ADHD medications—like Ritalin and Adderall—actually decrease teens’ likelihood of excelling in academic performance. The study also concluded that these drugs may even be dangerous in the long run.
Here’s How to Track Your Drinking Through January
Many people attempt to quit drinking for the month of January, but fall short. So HAMS, the harm reduction for alcohol network run by regular Substance.com contributor Kenneth Anderson, is suggesting “a New Year’s resolution you can keep!” They provide several ways to track your January drinking online, either publicly or privately. “Research shows,” the campaign notes, “that the very act of counting your drinks can help you cut back by making you consciously aware of them.”