Crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, crank, blue ice, or glass, is an odorless drug that is highly addictive and produces euphoric effects in the individuals who consume it. The drug is illegally made in labs, often with ingredients that include over-the-counter drugs and toxic substances. According to Medical News Today, approximately 11 million Americans have tried crystal meth at least once. It can be snorted, injected, swallowed, smoked, or injected rectally. Most people can associate crystal meth with clubs and parties, but there is more about this drug that may be lesser known.
Unlike other drugs, crystal meth can give its users an extended high, leading up to 12 hours. It is often used at clubs because the active ingredients in the drug “trick” the body into thinking it has more energy than it does – the dangers of this involve the drug making the body’s temperature rise so high that a person could pass out or even die. Additionally, crystal meth is a close cousin to stimulants often prescribed to children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin produce similar effects on the body as methamphetamine and, in fact, the body metabolizes methamphetamine into amphetamine.
Live Science claims that crystal meth got its stardom in industrial meat processing plants – as workers would have to “process” chickens at up to 140 chickens per minute, it is said they began taking meth to stay more awake, alert, and focused throughout their shift. The reason this has worked for them is because a lot of meth produced has undergone a process called “double methylation” which makes the drug process in the body more quickly and intensely.
Crystal meth affects dopamine production in the brain and produces similar effects to that of cocaine; long-term abuse of the drug can destroy blood vessels, inhibit the body’s capabilities of repairing damaged tissue and aging skin, and more. Many who use crystal meth experience hallucinations of bugs crawling under their skin – their picking can lead to open sores. Eroded tooth enamel and gums are just a few other consequences of abusing this dangerous drug.
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