Crystal Meth: What You Should Know
It comes in clear crystal chunks or shiny blue-white rocks. Also called “ice” or “glass,” it’s a popular party drug. Usually, users smoke crystal meth with a small glass pipe, but they may also swallow it, snort it, or inject it into a vein. People say they have a quick rush of euphoria shortly after using it. But it’s dangerous. It can damage your body and cause severe psychological problems.
Where Does It Come From?
Methamphetamine is a man-made stimulant that’s been around for a long time. During World War II, soldiers were given meth to keep them awake. People have also taken the drug to lose weight and ease depression. Today, the only legal meth product is a tablet for treating obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s rarely used and is available only by prescription. Find out the differences between Adderall and methamphetamines, as well as amphetamines vs. methamphetamines.
Crystal meth is made with the ingredient pseudoephedrine, which is found in many cold medicines. It helps ease congestion. Because it’s used to make meth, the federal government closely regulates products with this ingredient.
What Are the Effects?
- Meth can make a user’s body temperature rise so high they could pass out or even die. Learn more about meth overdose deaths in the U.S.
- A user may feel anxious and confused, be unable to sleep, have mood swings, and become violent. Read more on the physical signs of meth use.
- Looks can change dramatically. A user may age quickly. Their skin may dull, and they can develop hard-to-heal sores and pimples. They may have a dry mouth and stained, broken, or rotting teeth. Know the effects of meth on your mouth. Meth can also affect the heart. Ongoing meth use may also lead to lung damage.
- They may become paranoid. They may hear and see things that aren’t there. They may think about hurting themselves or others. They may also feel as though insects are crawling on or under their skin. Find out more on methamphetamine psychosis.