Tennessee’s greatest drug problem is with methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant sometimes called “speed,” “crank,” and “ice,” among other names. During the 1990s and 2000s, meth use spread quickly through rural America, including Tennessee. In 2004, Tennessee passed comprehensive legislation to combat meth. A year later, some 60 percent of Tennessee counties reported that meth remained their most serious drug problem.
The state’s anti-meth strategy has been to aggressively seek out illegal meth labs, increase public education about meth use, and promote recovery programs. Despite the efforts, it is still difficult to eliminate meth use, partly because meth is relatively easy to manufacture in so-called “labs,” which can be built in homes, hotel rooms, trailers, and even vehicles.
Meth is a dangerous and highly addictive drug. It takes a terrible toll on the health of users, creates myriad family and social problems, and is among one of the most addictive drugs out there.
Other drugs such as cocaine and marijuana are also used and can be just as damaging to families and communities.