Brisbane is a small city located in California in the northern part of San Mateo County on the lower slopes of San Bruno Mountain. It is located on the southern border of San Francisco and has a population of just over four thousand.
Brisbane is called “The City of Stars” because of a holiday tradition established over 65 years ago. At the start of the Christmas/Hanukkah season, many residents and business owners place large, illuminated stars, some as big as 10 feet or more in diameter, on the downhill sides of homes and offices throughout Brisbane. Many of the stars are kept up all year.
Spanish explorers arrived in 1776 and the Franciscan missionaries soon followed, leaving numerous large land grants in their wake. With Mexican rule, the lands controlled by the Mission were released to private enterprise. Visitacion City, as it was initially known, was platted in 1908 adjacent to a new rail line that had been completed in 1907 to the east of the town site. The Southern Pacific Railroad built the new line to create a faster and more direct route into San Francisco.
San Mateo County straddles the San Francisco Peninsula, with the Santa Cruz Mountains running its entire length. The county encompasses a variety of habitats including estuarine, marine, oak woodland, redwood forest, coastal scrub, and oak savannah. There are numerous species of wildlife present, including several endangered species. In May 2014, a California condor was spotted near Pescadero, a coastal community south of San Francisco – it was the first California condor spotted in San Mateo County since 1904.
Recently, a San Mateo man was arrested after purportedly working as an unlicensed dentist and cooking meth at his “crude” office. Joseph Hirsch, 59, is being held in San Mateo County jail. Agents with the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force arrested Hirsch on Tuesday after a three-month investigation that grew to involve state Department of Dentistry investigators, who work under the state Department of Justice. But the site of the arrest had been under suspicion since January 2016 when someone tipped off authorities.
This arrest came just a few months after another San Mateo man was arrested for sending meth through the mail. Both are signposts of the prevalence of this highly addictive stimulant.
Methamphetamine, usually referred to by the abbreviation “meth,” has been a serious problem on the West Coast for years. Recently, the price of meth has decreased, causing availability to skyrocket. Undercover law enforcement agents reported in 2008 that a pound of meth cost between $8,000 and $10,000. The price plummeted to roughly $3,500 per pound by 2015. Additionally, California lies on the trafficking highway from Mexico, further increasing availability.
The dangers posed by meth extend beyond health risks to the user. Meth production laboratories are typically highly hazardous and exude toxic chemicals into the surrounding community. Additionally, due to the nature of the meth production process, meth laboratories are prone to violent explosions. Aside from the dangers posed by the force of such a blast, the chemicals released by such an explosion pose their own significant hazard.
Methamphetamine users face lasting, potentially fatal health risks. Most users snort or smoke the drug in search of an intense feeling of euphoria. Other users report feelings of boundless energy and superhuman strength, related to the drug’s ability to stimulate the dopamine and adrenaline centers of the brain.
Meth users feel increased energy and alertness, a temporary high that comes with an increased rate of breathing and an accelerated heartbeat. This condition can greatly increase a meth user’s risk of succumbing to hyperthermia, a potentially fatal condition. Once the meth high wears off, the “come down” is dramatic. Users report severe nausea, sleep problems, and disorientation. This physical and emotional down spiral spurs users into securing another dose as quickly as possible, strengthening the grip of their dependency on methamphetamine.
Meth use also perpetuates long-term health problems, including interfering with the dopamine production center of the brain, resulting in a resistance to naturally produced dopamine. (Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for “reward” feelings, such as excitement and happiness.)
Drug addiction treatment specialists and advocacy groups are making significant efforts to help those affected by meth abuse get the help they need. This addiction is extremely difficult to overcome without the proper care and supervision, and recovering meth users may still face long-term health complications in the form of brain and nerve damage, heart problems, and respiration issues.
If you know what amenities you’ll want, either for yourself or a loved one, Rehab Hotline can help you locate the appropriate recovery program. From professional treatment for businessmen and women to celebrity recovery facilities, the city offers many choices for a wide range of economic means. Click on the link or call 1-855-510-0786 when you’re ready to take that step towards freedom from addiction.
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