American Meth: A Problem And A Movie

American Meth is a documentary from director Justin Hunt that shows the trials and tribulation families in America can and do face due to the usage of the drug Meth. The movie is narrated in parts by actor Val Kilmar, who has starred in a movie involving meth before called The Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is a pretty cool flick if you haven’t seen it, rent that, instead of this.

American Meth goes from an interesting and potentially educational premise to being a very, very boring and fairly off subject reality show following a more or less uneventful family consisting of two supposed meth addicted parents. The kids are adorable and make for some cute moments overall, which doubles as tugs on the ole heart strings when you look at their overall living situation. However, having spent a great deal of time visiting the ghettos of Missouri and living in at least one trailer park I could have picked out a way more tragic or interesting person or people to follow. More shock value was needed in this production to sober up the minds of casual drugs users and to grasp the attention of those not fully aware of how strong and powerful meth is spreading across our country.  True, the goal of the flick was to possibly show how meth infiltrates every day life and the lives of everyday average people, but ultimately it was with every day average results. Mainly what I witnessed in American Meth was a trailer park couple arguing a whole bunch about crap that didn’t interest me. Hell, that happens all the time without meth.

There are many documentaries starting to surface over the usage of meth and I’ve got to think there are more compelling and overall worthy ones to watch than American Meth.

In fact check Wikipedia for a more revealing look even on the history of meth and what it does, then go walking around your own town and ask some kids where you can score some, and interview people if you want to grasp the reality of it all.

From Wikipedia:
“Methamphetamine enters the brain and triggers a cascading release of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. To a lesser extent methamphetamine acts as a dopaminergic and adrenergic reuptake inhibitor and in high concentrations as a monamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Since it stimulates the mesolimbic reward pathway, causing euphoria and excitement, it is prone to abuse and addiction. Users may become obsessed or perform repetitive tasks such as cleaning, hand-washing, or assembling and disassembling objects. Withdrawal is characterized by excessive sleeping, eating, and depression-like symptoms, often accompanied by anxiety and drug-craving. Users of methamphetamine sometimes take sedatives such as benzodiazepines as a means of easing their “come down”.

Common nicknames for methamphetamine include “meth”, “ice”, “crystal”, “tina”, “p”, “bitch” and “glass”. Methamphetamine is sometimes referred to as “speed”, but this term is usually used for regular amphetamine or dextroamphetamine.”

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