What is it?• Methamphetamine• A Synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system.• Nicknames: Ice , Speed, Chalk, Chrystal, Glass, Crank, Yaba, Fire, Tweak, Poor mans Cocaine, Uppers, Trash.
What it looks like? • Methamphetamine usually comes in the form of a crystalline white powder that is odorless, bitter- tasting and dissolves easily in water or alcohol. • Other colors of powder have been observed, including brown, yellow-gray, orange and even pink. It can also be compressed into pill form.• Crystal meth comes in clear chunky crystals resembling ice and is most commonly smoked.
History• First synthesized in 1887 Germany, amphetamine was• Methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was for a long time, a drug in search of a disease.• In the United States in the 1950s, legally manufactured discovered in Japan in 1919. tablets of both dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methamphetamine (Methedrine) became readily available and were used non-medically by college students, truck drivers, and athletes.
How is it produced?Meth is commonly manufactured in illegal, hiddenlaboratories, mixing various forms of amphetamine(another stimulant drug) or derivatives with otherchemicals to boost its potency. Common pills for coldremedies are often used as the basis for theproduction of the drug. The meth “cook” extractsingredients from those pills and to increase its strengthcombines the substance with chemicals such asbattery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze.
How much it cost?• 1/4= $25• Ounce= 1,700.00 • 1/4 of gram is $20 • 1/2 of gram is $40 • 1 gram is $80 • 16th (which is a gram and 3/4 of a gram ) $120.00 • 8 ball which is 3 1/2 grams is $200.00Just depending on how much of a habit you have decidesthe cost. You would also have to factor in how muchmoney you had to spend as you can see here in Texas youget better pricing in quantity.
How it enters the body?• Snorting- is inhaled through the nose and it travels from the lungs into the bloodstream and to the brain.• Smoking - travels from the lungs into the bloodstream and to the brain.• Ingesting - it enters the bloodstream through digestive system.• Injecting - a solution of water and meth is injected directly into the bloodstream where it travels to the brain.
EffectsShort Term Effects Increased wakefulness. Increased physical activity. Decreased appetite. Increased respiration. Increased heart rate and blood pressure Irregular heartbeat. Cardiovascular collapse.Long Term Effects Violent behavior. Psychotic behavior. Mood disturbances. Homicidal or suicidal thoughts.
Health Risks • Social Health -Mood swings, paranoia, anger and depression are riskscrystal meth users face. • Physically -Weight loss, abnormal sweating, shortness of breath,nasal problems or nosebleeds, sores that do not heal, dilatedpupils, burns on lips or fingers, and track marks on arms.
Dependence/AddictionWithdrawal symptoms of methamphetamine: -primarily consist of fatigue, depression, and increasedappetite. -may also include anxiety, irritability, headaches, agitation,restlessness, excessive sleeping, vivid or lucid dreams, deep REMsleep, and suicidal ideation.
The Law• The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) was signed into federal law on March 9, 2006. The law regulates over-the-counter sales of medicines containing essential ingredients used to make meth.• It sets daily and monthly purchase limits, requires ID verification for purchase, and mandates retail sales logbooks to keep track of who is buying the medicine.• The law also requires reporting for import, export and international transactions involving ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.• If caught with meth you will be sentenced to 5 years of prison and fined $50,000 on the 1st offence.
Quick Facts!• Meth can cause strokes,cardiac arrhythmia, and increased pulse and blood pressure.• 38.8 percent of the state and local law enforcement officials report meth ad the greatest drug threat.• The number of recent meth users 12 and older is 133,000 in 2011.• Some ingredients of meth are rubbing alcohol, paint thinner, acetone, gasoline, table salt, battery acid, iodine, drain cleaner, cold tablets, sodium metal, stove fuel, propane.
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