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Crystal Meth

Sounds Like: CHRIS.tull.METH

Classification: Amphetamine

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II

Other names for Crystal Meth

  • speed
  • crystal
  • glass
  • Tina
  • LA glass
  • quartz
  • Christy
  • ice

Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal meth is the crystalline form of methamphetamine, commonly made to crush up and use in various forms by buyers. Crystal meth was created to serve as a more profitable and easier to make alternative to ecstasy in the early 1990s. Meth was popular for a time with those who used drugs in nightclub environments due to the stimulating and long-lasting effect of the drug. Much of the current street supply of crystal meth is from Southeast Asia, where manufacturers make the product to a higher standard than average American meth labs are capable of handling. In recent years, there’s been a record number of meth seizures at the US border. The drug is usually in a clearish or blueish crystal form that resembles ice or glass, hence the two corresponding nicknames. Crystal meth possesses a much higher purity than regular powder meth most of the time.

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Intended Use of Crystal Meth

Meth only has a single legitimate use, which is through the drug Desoxyn, used to treat ADHD and help people lose weight. Other uses are by those who’ve been hooked by the extreme stimulating effects.

How Crystal Meth Is Taken

Crystal meth is usually smoked using glass pipes similar to pipes used to smoke crack. It can also be injected or consumed orally. A user who smokes or injects the drug immediately experiences an intense sensation followed by a high that may last 12 hours or more.

Desoxyn, the legal prescription version of meth sold in pill form, is usually prescribed at a 5 mg per pill level.

Side Effects of
Crystal Meth

Crystal meth use can lead to a variety of often-permanent health issues. As a stimulant, it can cause rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and damage to blood vessels in the brain. Meth can inflame heart tissue and cause hyperthermia, convulsions, and death. Meth can cause serious cognitive deficiencies that may not be recovered by users.

Signs of an
Addiction to Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is extremely addicting. Those who abuse the drug may suffer from increased aggressiveness, insomnia, or paranoia. Behavioral symptoms can be very common in meth users.

Crystal Meth
Abuse Facts

Surfer Andy Irons died from an overdose on meth and others in 2010.

Meth represents a growing international threat due to being the fastest growing drug market currently in the world.

Shaun Weiss, an actor of Mighty Ducks fame, recently recovered from an addiction to meth and is in high spirits now!