Everyone has heard of meth, and how dangerous it is. However, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it remains one of the most commonly abused stimulants. So, where does meth come from, and why is it so dangerous?
What is Meth?
Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, ice, crystal, glass, or tina, is a synthetic chemical that closely resembles the amphetamines used in prescription stimulants. However, meth is many times more powerful than standard amphetamines, and many times more dangerous.
Where Does Meth Come From?
Methamphetamine is created by cooking down ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, drugs commonly found in decongestants, with various chemical solvents and other agents. The resulting liquid is then filtered through things like disposable diapers and maxi pads.
This traps the dissolved solids which are then left to dry into crystals that can be used to get high. This process is done in labs pieced together with various scientific, camping, and industrial equipment, and can be found in many sizes and configurations. The most common being:
- Box Labs – These are small, transportable labs that are named after the fact that they can be completely contained in relatively small metal box or container.
- Car Labs – Car labs are also known as rolling labs. So named, because they are located in a motor vehicle, allowing them to be moved frequently to avoid detection by the authorities.
- Full Labs – Full labs, or stationary labs, are large production operations set up in homes, garages, factories, and storage sheds.
All of the various types of labs utilize the same production techniques, and only vary in mobility and producible quantity.
What are the Effects of Meth?
Users of methamphetamines report intense feelings of euphoria, increased energy and stamina, and greatly increased sex drive and sexual pleasure lasting an average of six to eight hours. This may seem like a good thing, but these effects become harder and harder to achieve with prolonged use. Meth is a very dangerous drug. If you are addicted to it, get out before it is too late. To find meth addiction treatment call 800-768-8728(Who Answers?). We can help you find the treatment center you need.
What are the Negative Effects of Meth?
The negative effects of meth far outweigh the perceived positives. They include:
- damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, sinuses, esophagus, and blood vessels
- the feeling of insects crawling on or under the skin, which leads to compulsive scratching and sores
- extreme paranoia, aggression, anxiety, and psychosis
- insomnia lasting weeks or months
- severe periodontal disease and tooth decay, known as “meth mouth”
- dangerously high body temperature
- premature aging
- delusions and hallucinations
- hair loss
- sagging and dulling of the skin
- increased risk of hepatitis and HIV
Anyone that abuses methamphetamine will eventually experience all of these side effects. Even more frightening is the fact that they can all occur after only a few months of use.
Why Exactly is Meth so Dangerous?
Meth is one of the single most addictive substances known. The damage done to the body and brain by meth are often permanent, and it is obvious that meth is a very dangerous substance. If you are using meth, get help now. Call us today at 800-768-8728(Who Answers?), and take the first step to getting off of meth and getting your life back.