rystal Methamphetamine - The New Drug of Choice
Crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, crank, glass and shards, is today’s street drug of choice. A popular stimulant among club-goers, it induces a long-lasting and euphoric high, preceded by a very intense low. Smoking crystal meth is the most common method of use, but it can also be ingested, injected, or snorted.
Why is meth so popular?
Crystal meth’s prevalence in society is due to three main factors:
• Easy to make - Crystal ...view middle of the document...
Its production is inexpensive, and the drug can be fabricated in a home-made laboratory, as is often the case.
• Cheap - A real ‘bang for your buck’, crystal meth is as inexpensive to make as it is in relation to the length and strength of the high. Users can be stoned from 6 to 10 hours, experiencing an exhilarated state of mind. Other effects include wakefulness, a curb in appetite, and increased energy.
• Highly addictive - Crystal meth is as addictive as cocaine and heroine, and some would argue that it is even more so. The day after its use brings waves of depression, anger and sadness to the user. A common cure among addicts is, unsurprisingly, more meth. As per the Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, (DASIS), the percentage of treatment admissions for crystal methamphetamine abuse more than doubled between 1995 and 2005, from 4 percent to 9 percent – a total of 169,500 admissions recorded in the U.S. in 2005.
The dangers of Crystal Methamphetamine
The chemical make-up of crystal meth is similar to that of a common amphetamine, but with stronger ingredients. The dangers of meth are two-fold: hazardous to those who purposely ingest it and to those who come in contact with a clandestine meth lab.
• Physical and Mental – Crystal meth is not only addictive, but also a tolerance-building drug, that is, the more you take the more you can...