Crystal meth is the street name for “methamphetamine,” a highly addictive stimulant drug that comes in the form of a white powder or pill. The drug is chemically similar to amphetamine, a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Other street names for “meth” include crank, ice, crystal, chalk, and speed.
Since crystal meth is a white powder, it can be inhaled, swallowed as a pill, snorted, or injected after the powder has been dissolved in alcohol or water. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “In some cases, people take methamphetamine in a form of binging known as ‘run,’ giving up food and sleep while continuing to take the drug every few hours for up to several days.”
What Are the Side Effects?
Methamphetamine quickly releases high doses of dopamine, which produces the euphoria that users experience. There are both long and short-term side effects associated with crystal meth, including but not limited to:
- Decreased appetite
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Extreme weight loss
- Sleeping difficulties
- Violent behavior
- Anxiety, confusion, or paranoia
- Serious dental issues known as “meth mouth”
- Extreme itching, which can lead to skin sores
Like many illegal drugs, people can overdose on methamphetamine and in the worst cases, an overdose can cause death. Overdose can lead to heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, all of which can also lead to death.
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As a Schedule I drug, the penalties for crystal meth are severe. Even if you’re caught with less than one gram, you’ll face a maximum fine of $10,000, incarceration, and a felony on your criminal record. A felony conviction for meth could affect housing, employment, and child custody for years to come.
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