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.
- decreased appetite
- false sense of well-being
- dilated pupils
- irreversible damage to blood vessels
- tooth decay
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
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.
Foundation for a Drug Free World. (2007). The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamines. Los Angeles, CA.