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    Teen Worried About Long-Term Effects Of Friends’ Meth Abuse

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    Teen Worried About Long-Term Effects Of Friends’ Meth Abuse

    Caller: Teenage girl calling on behalf of long-time female friend

    Problem: Methamphetamine abuse

    Seeking: Treatment options for meth addiction

    Reason(s): Caller says that she has known her friend currently struggling with a meth addiction for more than a decade. Both women grew up in the same town and associated with the same group of people until about two years ago according to the caller. “She started hanging out with the wrong people, the type of people I would not want to associate with myself, at all.” Caller says she knows several friends and acquaintances that have started smoking methamphetamine in the last twelve months. “Simply put, we live in the middle of nowhere and for lots of teenagers that is all they do. They smoke or snort meth and then just stay up throughout the weekend.” Caller says that she has not spoken to her friend in several days and feels increasingly alienated from her. The caller would also like to know more about how to start talking to her friend about the methamphetamine use, stating that previous attempts to bring up the issue have been unsuccessful. “The truth is that I really do not recognize her anymore from a social standpoint, but I don’t want her to become one of those meth PSAs – I don’t want her ending up on a poster with no teeth, or worse.” Recommended three different facilities within a 75-mile radius equipped to provide support.

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