Meth Trip or Mental Illness? Police Who Need to Know Often Can’t Tell

November 1, 2019

(Kaiser Health News) – Cregg watched Kerry, looking for signs — is this meth or a mental health problem? Over the past three or so years, as meth has surged in New Hampshire and across the U.S., it’s become hard to tell. Police in many areas of the country where meth has maintained a steady presence have more experience making an assessment, but in Concord and many parts of the Northeast, the onslaught of meth is new. Concord police say they need to know whether they’re dealing with a mental health issue or drugs — or both — because it can make a difference in determining the best response.