By Michael Balsamo
April 29, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Over the past seven years, Los Angeles jail officials
have seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of mentally ill
inmates, a rise the sheriff attributes to methamphetamine use.
Studies show chronic meth use can cause paranoia, visual and auditory
hallucinations and delusions. But doctors say it's often difficult to
determine whether patients had underlying conditions and then started
abusing drugs, or if their chronic drug use led to psychiatric disorders.