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Facts About Using Crystal Meth

Methamphetamine is a drug that is more commonly known as crystal meth. This is one of the most addictive and well known drugs that are sold on the streets. This drug is a stimulant, which means that it's an "upper". After you use this drug, you will be more awake, alert and you will have a lot of endurance as well as energy. After one use of this drug you can easily become addicted.

How Is Meth Taken?

The drug meth is typically smoked in glass pipes. This is usually how cocaine is taken into the body as well. But this is not the only way that an user will take in meth, it can also be snorted, injected, swallowed or even inserted into the urethra or the anus.

Common Reasons for Using Meth?

When it comes to women using meth, it is typically for weight loss. Crystal meth can cause extreme weight loss and women tend to care more about their figures than men. Some women want to lose weight so badly that they will use meth to drop the weight. What most women don't know is that the effects of meth on your weight are not a long term effect. Once the crystal meth leaves the system, the weight will start to come back. This is not a good drug choice in trying to lose weight as this drug is highly addictive and very hard to stop.

Many take meth for the main reason that the high lasts for such a long amount of time. After one use, you will feel the high that meth gives for around 12 hours. It gives the user a sense of euphoria which is what many people enjoy. It will increase energy, concentration, and alterness. It will also decrease fatigue and appetite. Another reason that people use this drug is for an increase in sexual pleasure and libido.

While all of that makes crystal meth sound great, this is one of the most dangerous drugs that a person can take. Some of the side effects that an user will experience are:

  • Irritability
  • Violent urges
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • High body temperature
  • Paranoia
  • Crashing that can last for 48 hours
  • Self destructive behavior
  • Hallucinations

Effects of Overdosing on Crystal Meth

When you use too much crystal meth and you overdose, some common side effects that it will cause are:

  • Sensation of crawling flesh (Formication)
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Tension headaches
  • Brain damage
  • Death caused by a stroke, elevated body temperature, cardiac arrest
  • Muscle breakdown that can lead to kidney failure

Crystal Meth Facts & Statistics-

- About half of first time crystal meth users will become addicted to the drug. That means that if 2 people were to sit down and try crystal meth together, one of them is very likely to become addicted to the drug. Those are very strong odds that shouldn't even be risked.

- More than three quarters of second time crystal meth users will become addicted. This means that after just two uses, that means that a person has 25% chance of NOT becoming addicted to the drug after using it a second time.

- After using crystal meth, an user can stay awake for days. It is possible that a person can stay on a high for 3 days and not sleep for one minute the entire time. Throughout this time, the user will not eat either. The lack of eating and sleeping is very dangerous for both the brain and the body.

- Like all drugs, crystal meth has many names that are referred to as "street names" which are names that people call it when trying to not say the actual name of the drug. Some street names for crystal meth are the following:

  • Crank
  • Glass
  • Blade
  • Quartz
  • Cristy
  • Chalk
  • Batu
  • Hot Ice
  • Go-Fast
  • Poor Man's Cocaine

- Those who take crystal meth will find that there is no way to sit still when they are high. They will scratch so much that it will cause a lot of sores and cuts. They will always be moving their hands around whether they are touching their body or other things.

There is no way to make a person understand just how dangerous crystal meth is. Saying that it's one of the most dangerous drugs doesn't even begin to cover how bad it is for the body. It's best to have never tried this drug in the first place as you learned about the 50% of first time users will become addicted. Try to refrain from trying it as much as possible. If you or someone you care about is suffering from an addiction to crystal meth, it is is very important that you encourage that person to get help immediately.


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