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What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine, and it is a highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. It comes in clear, white chunks or crystal-blue rocks. Crystal meth is also known as “ice” or “glass”, and it is often used at parties. Users inhale it through a small glass pipe, or may swallow, snort, or inject it. Methamphetamine is made by humans, and it has been known to provide a quick rush of euphoria shortly after consumption. People have also used crystal meth to lose weight.

One ingredient of crystal meth is pseudoephedrine, a popular ingredient in cold medicines that eases congestion. Due to this being such a popular ingredient for creating crystal meth, it is closely regulated by the federal government. People are known to make crystal meth in a meth lab in their own home, which is incredibly dangerous because the chemical compounds used can create an explosion.

Once crystal meth enters a person’s body, a chemical called dopamine takes over the parts of the brain that produce feelings of pleasure.  Users typically feel a rush of confidence and energy. Once this happens, users can become very addicted to the high, leading them to take more and more. This becomes dangerous because as the person consumes more crystal meth, they build a tolerance and must increase their consumption. The higher the dosage consumed, the higher the risk to the individual.

The effects of crystal meth are increased wakefulness and energy, decreased appetite, fast breathing, rapid heartbeat, and increased blood pressure/body temperature. Long term use can cause anxiety, extreme weight loss, confusion, altered mood, violent behavior, sleeping problems, severe dental issues, paranoia, hallucinations, and severe itching. Severe itching is caused by the decrease of oxygen to the extremities, causing lesions in the skin. The longer the individual uses crystal meth, the more likely they are to develop reduced coordination and impaired verbal learning. Some of these effects may diminish if a person quits using crystal meth for over a year, but other functions lost will never be regained. Overdose of crystal methamphetamine can have profound consequences, as the individual can have a stroke, heart attack, or organ problems, with any of these effects potentially leading to death.

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