Meth use on the rise as addicts try to get off heroin

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After millions of dollars have been poured into opioid epidemic, now many addicts are are going to a drug some have never used before.

“People have switched over to meth so we’ve seen an increase in meth usage,” said Jody Walker who is the executive director South Central Ohio Job and Family Services

Walker told NBC4 he has seen an increase in meth usage by some of his clients.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says that the meth on the streets now is cheaper than heroin.

Several other central Ohio agencies said they are seeing the same issue.

“It’s not going away and it’s not getting better,” said Timothy Richards who is the medical director with Life Spring Recovery in Newark.

Richards said his recovery center has seen the presence of meth in his patients fairly recently.

“It really seems to have increased dramatically I’ll say within the last 6 to 8 months,” said Richards

Many come to Life Spring Recovery for opioid treatment, but Richards said his clients told him they are switching to meth because of one main reason.

If you use meth correctly  it will help you out through your withdrawals.”

He believes this is just an extension of an already existing problem in central Ohio.

“We say we were in an epidemic of opioid addiction but really we’re in an epidemic of addiction of which opioid addiction is the most tragic. We have to be aware that there’s one more problem out there.”

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