A college-educated engineer from New York, a male homosexual bartender from San Francisco, a truck driver from Oklahoma, and a teenager from San Diego walk into a room. What do they all have in common? They’re all addicted to crystal methamphetamine. Meth can ruin the life of anyone who tries it and gets addicted. However someone comes into trying meth, millions find it difficult to escape once an addiction takes hold.
Meth, otherwise known as crystal, glass, ice, or tweak, is widely popular in teenagers and young adults. Many older adults find themselves in addiction to Meth when they try it for its stimulant properties. The Foundation for a Drug Free World cites that over 20 million people abuse meth in a given year.
What is Meth?
Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug made from a combination of various chemicals. In an effort to evade authorities, meth manufacturers constantly change the formula they use. No two batches of meth are identical. The end product of meth is a blue or clear material that resembles broken pieces of glass and crystal, hence its street names.
Meth can be made of substances ranging from battery acid to drain cleaner to liquid antifreeze. “Cooking”, the term used for production of meth, is dangerous. Hearing about the explosion of a meth lab is common. Meth kitchens, or meth labs, are hidden all over the world. Big producers of meth are called “super labs” and are largely located in Mexico.
What are the effects of Meth addiction?
Synthetic drugs are central nervous system stimulants, meaning they interfere with core functions of the brain expediently. Meth’s stimulant nature creates a surge of almost unmanageable energy. The body will experience muscle twitches, rapid speech, and a euphoric sense of immortality. Stimulants are natural appetite suppressors, partially because drugs like meth can people awake for days, even weeks, at a time. Extreme weight loss is an effect of meth, leaving addicts looking emaciated. Meth also causes paranoia, aggression and irritability.
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