Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II substance. It falls in with PCP and cocaine, all of which have a high potential for being abused. If these drugs are abused they can produce physical dependency and psychological problems. Crystal Meth is a drug that can be smoked, snorted, injected, or in pill form. The pill is also known as ecstasy and the form that is smoked is sometimes called ice. The use of ecstasy dates back to World War Two. They called this medication “work pills” using them to suppress fatigue and curb their appetite.
It continued to be used up until the late 70’s when it was found to be dangerous. The Crystal Meth pill or ecstasy became the source of the slogan Speed Kills. It was then removed from the streets to only return in the early 90’s. Today it is the most commonly used illegal substance.
In 2005 a survey was conducted to find people ages 12 years old and older have at least tried Crystal Meth once. 10.4 million People to be exact. They are many risks and side effects to this drug and depending on how you use it as well. For instance, if you chose injection, then you put yourself at a higher risk of blood borne viruses.
Risks and side effects:
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Damage to blood vessels in the brain
- Infections of the heart lining and valves
- HIV or AIDS
- Hepatitis B
- Mild Hepatitis C
- Chronic Hepatitis C
- Veins shrinking and collapsing
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Heart Attack or Stroke
The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Survey found that nearly 5 percent of the high school seniors in the US used crystal meth at least once and 3 percent had used it in the past year. 319 patients seen in the emergency room in ’96 to ’99 to 2,850, people all there because of ecstasy.
Majority of those cases were users 25 years old and younger. In ’98 to ’99 deaths caused by ecstasy increased to 400%. Between 1995 and 2001 the number of teens using ecstasy increased by 140%. 92% of those teens later turned to harder drugs such as heroin or cocaine.
Chronic HCV has infected 4.1 million individuals in the United States. It is not curable. Chronic HCV can go unseen for years and cause permanent damage slowly. About 1,000 people die from HCV in a year. Mild HCV can cause mild jaundice and a general malaise. HBV is 100 times more infectious than AIDS or HIV.
Overdoses of crystal meth, ice, or ecstasy can cause hypothermia. Convulsions and death are two other factors of an overdose. It’s always important to know plenty of information on crystal meth just in case you have a loved one old enough to use and abuse. Most people who have tried to get off of the drug alone could not succeed. Some people find it useful and easier to seek out a treatment center.
There are a few withdrawal symptoms you should be aware of:
- Intense Cravings
- Process being painful, but mostly it’s a psychological process