Everything under the sun is being affected by COVID-19. The ripple effect from this virus is being felt everywhere. The prices of everything are on the rise. The prices of things like toilet paper are rising and so are the prices for drugs.
Why are the Prices for Drugs Rising?
It is well known that a lot of the drugs in the United States come from around the world. Chemicals used to make fentanyl and meth come from around the world. Due to COVID-19 borders are being closed making it harder and more complicated than ever to get these chemicals to the domestic “cooks”. This is creating a shortage driving prices higher and higher.
The chemicals used to make all sorts of drugs are made in other countries. For example, With borders being closed, getting meth and fentanyl across Mexico and the US is also becoming difficult. A pound of meth, wholesale, used to cost between 1,500 and 2,500 pesos ($66 to $110). Now it’s around 6,000 to 7,000 pesos ($264 to $308). These price changes took place two or three weeks ago.
China has historically been the main supplier of precursor chemicals and illicitly manufactured fentanyl to Mexico’s cartels. A lot of these chemicals were being shipped in bulk in cargo containers. Some chemicals the cartel use are not illegal, like ammonium chloride and formaldehyde, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Even legitimate drugs are harder to get because China’s companies are operating at 50% because of COVID-19. Because of this, companies are experiencing delays or even cancellations with deliveries.
What Does This Mean?
This does not mean the cartels are not trying to upkeep production, but the rate of production is much lower than before COVID-19 broke out. They are up to the challenge of getting the chemicals they need from China. This is also extremely dangerous because illegal items being shipped are never inspected by professionals. This means a lot of ingredients could be carrying dangerous bacteria.
Addicts in the US will start to pay for all the extra difficulties. Everyone is struggling to get things they need for everyday life. That includes drug addicts. This can lead to addicts trying to make their own meth using extremely dangerous chemicals found in the US, like paint thinner. There are certain chemicals that may be harder to duplicate, but where there is a will there is always a way.
With the chemicals currently being shipped have become more valuable, this could even lead to more violence. The drug business makes massive amounts of money. Increasing prices and increasing difficulty to get these drugs will be felt by everyone in the business.
What Can We Do?
COVID-19 is changing things across the board. Most young people are not taking the precautions they should be. Some are still gathering in large crowds to celebrate Spring Break. The idea that young people are invincible to this is a worrying thought. Not practicing social distancing puts so many people at risk. Listen to the things we can do to help stop the spread of this dangerous virus. Things like:
• Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• DO NOT gather in large groups.
• If you can, self quarantine!
We need to do what we can to not only keep ourselves safe, but keep others safe as well. The eldery and people with preexisting conditions, like diabetes or asthma, are truly at risk. We need to keep in mind that the preexisting conditions that put our loved ones at risk are not uncommon. There are more than 100 million U.S. adults now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These are our families and friends. Being careless and ignoring precautions are putting unnecessary risk to our loved ones.
As it pertains to drugs, most chronic users are likely to be in poor health and succumb to the virus. Some are still going out and partying. Addicts are still going out to get their drugs. This is the perfect way to spread this virus.
Now Is The Time To Get Help
Now is the time to get off of the streets and not only take care of yourself, but take care of those around you. The hospitals are overcome with COVID-19. This could mean that the medical professionals needed for emergencies like overdoses may not get there in time to save that life.
Reach out for help. Detox will help with the withdrawal symptoms. Places like rehabs and inpatient programs are equipped to help any addict or alcoholic. These are trying times for all of us. Getting help now may save more lives than we realize.