Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that comes in a crystalized powder form. Hence, the name crystal meth. Most meth users prefer to smoke the powdered form or inject a liquid form of the drug. Both of these methods deliver an immediate euphoria that lasts a short time, prompting the user to seek more of the drug. This practice of getting high, coming down, and getting high is referred to as “binge and crash.”
Crystal meth is produced in clandestine meth labs, and these labs can be in places you wouldn’t suspect. For example, meth labs have been found in affluent neighborhoods, hidden away in a basement or garage. Other labs have been located in moving vehicles such as panel vans. Additionally, portable meth labs are often found tossed aside in back alleys where unsuspecting children, adults, or pets can come into contact with the toxins.
Unintended Consequences of Crystal Meth
Meth labs pose a danger to society because of the potential to cause explosions. Also, the chemicals involved in producing meth are highly toxic and can persist in the environment for an extended time. Many homes have to be sealed permanently, unfit for occupancy as a result of these chemicals. Animals are also at risk of being harmed when they come in contact with discarded meth paraphernalia. All of these unintended consequences make meth one of the most deadly drugs on the streets today.
Other Effects of Crystal Meth Abuse
As with any addictive substance, repeated abuse of crystal meth can lead to a variety of adverse physical effects. The human body is not designed to withstand a steady barrage of dangerous chemicals ingested regularly or for prolonged periods.
After prolonged or repeated abuse, crystal meth can cause the following physical and emotional health problems for the user:
- mood swings
- violent outbursts
- reduced cognitive skills
- poor memory
- rapid heart rate
- weight loss
- skin sores
- respiratory problems
- severe dental problems (meth mouth)
- impaired motor skills
- HIV, Hepatitis B & C
Comparing before and after photos of meth addicts is a good way to gain perspective on the destructive force of this substance. These photo comparisons can be found on the Internet on many reputable websites.
The Impact of Crystal Meth on Society
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report that meth production in the United States reaches over 500 metric tons per year with over 24.7 million users to date.
Combining this number of crystal meth users with the number of other addicts reveals a shocking reality. Can we continue to thrive as a society when so many people are a liability rather than a contributing asset?
The impact of crystal meth on society is also apparent in increased drug-related crimes. As a result of these crimes comes higher costs for incarcerations, treatments, hospitalizations, or burials. For instance:
- In 2013 the Obama administration requested $25.6 billion for drug war expenditures. Law enforcement will receive $15 billion of that total.
- According to the Drug Policy Alliance, state and local spending on drug-related problems adds up to over $51 billion per year.
- Over the last four decades combined, American taxpayers have spent over $1 trillion on the drug war.
- The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that over half of the 2.2 million prison population is incarcerated on drug-related charges.
Also, millions of dollars are spent annually on drug education and awareness programs sponsored by the federal government.
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