What is it?
Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, speed, tina, jib, yaba, glass, tweak, crank or ice, is a highly addictive synthetic stimulant. It is made in illegal labs out of ingredients like antifreeze, rubbing alcohol, muriatic acid (concrete cleaner), hydrogen peroxide and pseudoephedrine.
Crystal meth can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally. Overdosing on meth can be lethal.
Crystal meth speeds up the body’s central nervous system. How quickly the drug reaches the brain depends on how it is taken. The effects of crystal meth can be unpredictable and vary from person to person or from occasion to occasion.
Short-term use can lead to:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Increased alertness and energy
- Decreased appetite
- High fever
- Teeth grinding
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness or fainting
- Muscle twitching
Regular users may experience:
- Psychological dependence on the drug
- Weight loss
- “Meth mouth” (severe tooth decay and damage)
- Mood and sleep disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Memory and motor problems
- Brain damage
As with other drugs, meth use increases the risk of infectious diseases from sharing drug supplies, unsafe sex, injury, violence, problems at school or work, isolation from family and friends, and financial problems.
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