What is it?
Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug. Some people take it because it creates a false sense of happiness.
The meth “cook extracts ingredients from those pills and to increase it strength combines the substance with chemicals such as battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze.
Methamphetamine is a synthetic (man made)
Methamphetamine is illegal so it is made in hidden laboratories.
Illegal laboratories create a lot of toxic waste. People exposed to this waste material can become poisoned and sick.
How is it Used?
People use it by snorting it. (Inhaling through the nose.) Smoking it or injecting it with a needle.
Short term and Long term Effects
The drug decreases natural feelings of hunger, Extreme weight loss. This drug can disturb sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability. Other serious effects can include insomnia confusion, hallucination, anxiety and paranoia. Sometimes it can lead you to death.
Increased heart rate and blood pressure. Damages blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes or a cardiovascular collapse or death and liver kidney and lung damage.
History of the Drug
Methamphetamine was made in 1887 in Germany. More potent and easy to make. It was developed in Japan in 1919. The crystalline powder was soluble in water, making it a perfect candidate for injection. Methamphetamine was in World war 2 and both sides used it to keep troops awake.