Crystal Meth

What is it?  Crystal meth is a white crystal drug that is snorted through the nose, injected, or smoked with a pipe. It's very powerful and is in the same drug classification as cocaine.  It is made using everyday chemicals most people have in their house.  This is why it's inexpensive.  However, when mixed together they turn toxic.  If an explosion would occur in the making, disfiguring burns can result. 

Where do you commonly find it? It's used by people of all ages, but is most common among "party-goers" and at clubs.

Short-Term Effects

  • decreased appetite
  • false sense of well-being
  • aggression
  • hyperactivity
  • dilated pupils
  • nausea

Long-Term Effects

  • irreversible damage to blood vessels
  • malnutrition
  • psychosis
  • depression
  • tooth decay
  • death

Meth's Affect on the Body

Methamphetamine increases the amount of dopamine in your system.  Dopamine is the neurotransmitter in your brain that is involved in pleasure, reward, and motivation.  An increase in this causes the euphoric highs and rushes that users feel.  This leads to addiction and the need for more and more of the drug.

Stages of Meth Abuse

Rush - can last for 30 minutes; heartbeat, metabolism and blood pressure increase

High - becomes argumentative; delusional; can last 4-16 hrs.

Binge - hyperactive; uses more of the drug, but can't maintain the initial rush; can last 3-15 days

Tweaking - most dangerous; drug no longer gives a high; intense itching; unable to sleep for days; hallucinations

Crash - long period of sleep; becomes lifeless; lasts 1-3 days

Hangover - returns from crash starved and dehydrated; user feels the solution is to take more meth

Withdrawal - 30 to 90 days can pass before user realizes they are in this state; depression hits and then thoughts of suicide; very painful so most users revert to using again

Conclusion

Methamphetamine is a dangerous, highly addictive drug that has users hooked after their first try.  It not only ruins the users life, but the life of those around them. Ultimately, if the user does not get help, he will be incarcerated or dead due to the deadly effects of the chemicals used to make meth or what the meth has done to their body.  It will destroy their life in all aspects.

Citations

Foundation for a Drug Free World.  (2007).  The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamines.  Los Angeles, CA.