With the opioid epidemic taking over the news, meth in North Carolina is still of significant concern and has been for many years. Meth use became known as a problem in the 1990s and early 2000s, with the dangers being broadcasted of its highly addictive properties and adverse long-term effects. However, since then, the news coverage about meth use has faded. This lack of coverage does not mean it isn’t still a problem.
In an article from northcarolinanews.org, Jesse-lee Dunlap, a social service worker, speaks about how meth is still the primary drug used in areas of North Carolina.2 Dunlap, who works for N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition, provides a weekly needle exchange and health services program to North Carolina residents. In the article, Dunlap states that “Out of roughly a hundred clients who participate in the exchange, roughly three-quarters use meth.” This statistic alone shows how much of a problem meth use can be in some areas in North Carolina.