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The Epidemic Of The Most Evil Street Drug, Meth: Why People Get Hooked

Updated on May 20, 2014

What is Meth?

Meth, short for Methamphetamine, also referred to as Crystal Meth, because of the form in which it is manufactured. Meth is a neurotoxin. Neuro, meaning brain, and toxin, meaning poison, so if you put it technically, Meth is a brain poison. Also defined as a psychostimulant. Psycho, meaning mind, stimulant, meaning a raise in the nervousness or activity in the body. So, to put it bluntly, it is a brain toxin that makes one's mind (and body) hyperactive. It is a very disgusting drug, but to the ones that abuse it on a day to day basis, it's just a recreational drug.

In a pill form, prescribed by a doctor legally, it is used to treat obesity in people who have difficulty losing the weight by dieting and failing to prevent themselves from weighing over the amount that they should for their height. It is also prescribed to people with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). But only is effective in a legal manner at recommended doses. It was never meant to be misused. But try telling that to the meth heads. They think there's nothing wrong with it, and most, if not all, are unaware of the deadly ingredients and fatal, life changing consequences that lie ahead.

Meth can be used in many ways to give the user a "feel good" euphoric feeling. Intravenously, which means, into the veins, by means of using a syringe with a needle, and most intravenous users get an instantaneous high; due to the fact that it enters the bloodstream quickly. Orally, which means, eating the drug, then usually following with a chaser like soda to void the metallic taste it brings, and it also hits a user quickly, because it is ingested into the digestive tract. Smoking it, which means a user puts a small amount into a glass pipe, usually made from the little pieces of glass that some stores used to sell with the plastic flowers in them. The user buys one of these, then uses a torch to make the end into a "bubble" shape with a blown hole on it. That's also why people who smoke the drug are referred to as "bubble smokers." Pretty sad, right? Not to them.

The users that smoke it melt the drug in the "bubble" and then inhale the toxic substance into the lungs, which instantaneously and dangerously crystalizes the lungs, and the user gets what is called a "rush". There are ingredients in Meth which would disgust somebody who has wanted to try it, once they find out what it's made of. It may look like fun, but it has damning effects that last months, years or a lifetime, even after a user quits. I'll tell you what it does to you, and then I'll tell you what's in it, so that if you are a youngster wanting to experiment with it, maybe this will change your mind. At least I hope it will.

Meth Is Beautiful... NOT! YUCK!

Meth eats away the enamel of your teeth, causing them to rot, due to negligence of proper oral care, because this drug makes you forget what hygiene is! Which means your breath is pretty bad too!
Meth eats away the enamel of your teeth, causing them to rot, due to negligence of proper oral care, because this drug makes you forget what hygiene is! Which means your breath is pretty bad too!
I don't know who this is, but look at how beautiful her skin gets the more she uses it. (I'm being sarcastic.) It makes you look old and like a skeleton with skin, and eventually, like this person, you die if you don't quit before it's this bad.
I don't know who this is, but look at how beautiful her skin gets the more she uses it. (I'm being sarcastic.) It makes you look old and like a skeleton with skin, and eventually, like this person, you die if you don't quit before it's this bad.

What Meth Does To You Inside And Out

The physical effects of Meth include: Elevated body temperature, which means your body goes from its natural temperature (which in most people is 98.6 degrees fahrenheit or 32 degrees celsius) to sometimes a dangerously high body temperature, which also makes your blood pressure elevate as well. Your skin gets hot easily, sometimes causing headaches, sweating, flushing, and dehydration. Meth can also accelerate (speed up) or decelerate (slow down) your heart rate, which on either level, and depending on how much was ingested, can be fatal.

Meth also decreases your need to eat, and takes the feeling of hunger away. It not only causes high blood pressure, but can also lower your blood pressure, give you blurred vision, dizziness, twitching, numbness, tremors, dry skin, acne, and pallor. Pallor is when your mouth is dry and you have to constantly drink something to satisfy the dry mouth. You get the acne because during your "high", you disregard your hygiene, therefore; you don't bathe regularly, you don't change your clothes, wash your hair, and that causes the sweat in your sweat glands to make your skin oily and clog your pores, and finally, you get acne. Gross, huh?

Methamphetamine users and addicts may lose their teeth abnormally quickly, regardless of the route of administration, from a condition informally known as meth mouth. The condition is generally most severe in users who inject the drug, rather than those who smoke, ingest or inhale it. According to the American Dental Association, meth mouth "is probably caused by a combination of drug-induced psychological and physiological changes resulting in xerostomia (dry mouth), extended periods of poor oral hygiene, frequent consumption of high-calorie, carbonated beverages and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). Many researchers suggest that meth-induced tooth decay is due to users' lifestyles, as dry mouth is also a side effect of prescription stimulants, which aren't known to cause serious tooth decay. They suggest that that the side effect has been exaggerated and stylized to deter potential users and stereotype current users.

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What Meth Does To Your Psyche... The Psychological Effects...

The psychological effects of methamphetamine can include euphoria (the sense of "ooh I'm on cloud 9" feeling), dysphoria (the "I'm in a pissy mood, I'm depressed, get away from me" feeling), insomnia, decreased feeling of fatigue, self-confidence, sociability, excessive talking (which people say is annoying), grandiosity (the "I'm better than you, I think, therefore I am" attitude), and repetitive or obsessive behaviors.

Methamphetamine also brings on depression, anxiety, irritability, violent behaviors, methamphetamine psychosis, and on some levels, suicide. It's a drug that will make you forget who you are, forget your morals, those went right out the window the first second it entered your presence. It's very addictive, meaning the more you do, the more you want it. People who run out of money for it, end up usually doing sexual favors for the exchange of the drug, or even go so far as to neglect their own family's needs, and their own needs, and sell every electronic or piece of valuable item in order to obtain the drug.

Methamphetamine Psychosis is when your body builds up a tolerance to the drug, so that means that in order for you to feel the high, you have to ingest more than your normal intake, to achieve that high. Psychosis begins when the things you see and hear aren't really there. For example, you might be in your bathroom doing your makeup, and you swear to yourself that people are in the room next door laughing, or talking about you in a bad way. Or, you see the "meth people" or the "meth shadows" either in your direct line of vision, or out of the corner of your eyes.

"Meth People" or "Meth Shadows" are the imaginary silhouettes of people that you see, but they aren't really there. Like for instance, let's say you are standing outside at night with your friends, smoking a cigarette, and you stare long enough down the dark street, you could swear you see people walking towards you. Trouble is, they are not getting any closer, and somehow you look like an idiot, because your friends have to reassure you that there's nobody out there. That is a "Meth Person" or "Meth Shadow", because it's the drug that's making you have occular hallucinations. And when you hear things that aren't being said, that's the auditory hallucinations that the drug is giving you. It is why most people look out windows repeatedly, open and close their doors, or hide from the outside world. What kind of way is that to feel? Does that sound fun to you? Not to me. Did I scare you yet? You still wanna try it? You can overdose on your first high too, so now, how fun is that?

Ingredients To Die For... Literally!

Would you drizzle this on top of your hamburger and eat it for dinner? Would you put it in your kool aid? Then why would you put it in your body? Meth kills, and this is what's in it!
Would you drizzle this on top of your hamburger and eat it for dinner? Would you put it in your kool aid? Then why would you put it in your body? Meth kills, and this is what's in it!

What's In Meth?

I am letting you know what's in methamphetamines, not to glorify or anything, but to educate you to make a better decision in life. Once I say what is in it, I'm pretty sure, you will never touch the stuff... And I hope you don't. Once Crystal Meth gets a hold of you, there's no going back. So, here's what's in it:

1. Sodium Hydrochloride (Lye)

Sodium Hydrochloride is the main chemical in drain cleaner. Yes, I said drain cleaner. It is also used to liquefy and corrode dead carcasses, like roadkill. Some farmers use it to keep rodents away from their farms, but it is harmful to humans.

2. Anhydrous Ammonia

Anhydrous Ammonia is used in chemical fertilizer, and is also used as a commercial refrigerant. It has extremely destructive effects on humans, and causes severe burns on the human body. Anhydrous means without water.

3. Iodine

In extremely high doses, Iodine can limit functions of the human thyroid

4. Matches- Red Phosphorus

Combining Iodine and Red Phosphorus creates a highly controlled substance called Hydriotic Acid.

5. Ephedrine

Ephedrine is the sinus medication that is hard to purchase anymore, and is now kept under lock and key at stores and pharmacies. Ephedrine causes brain to release dopamine, which is automatically released naturally in the human body as the pleasure sensory in the brain. The ephedrine creates the "feel good" chemical in the brain.

6. Ether

Ether is a highly flammable substance that is used as an anesthetic agent

7. Drano

Drano is used for unclogging drains, and it is toxic if it is mixed with other chemicals.

8. Brake Fluid

Brake fluid eats away paint and chrome. Its high concentration of polyetheleneglycol will ignite into a violent fireball if it comes into contact with other household chemicals.

9. Butane- Lighter Fluid

Butane is a highly flammable liquefied gas. If it is inhaled directly, it can cause drowsiness, Narcosis, Asphyxia, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Ventricular Fibrillation, Frostbite, and eventually, death.

10. Hydrochloric Acid

This is used to remove rust and iron-oxide from steel, leather processing, household cleaning, and it is used to produce organic compounds, such as PVC pipe, and polyurethane. It also makes up the majority of the gastric acid in the human digestive fluid. In high concentrations, hydrochloric acid will literally eat away human flesh.


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      10 months ago

      Meth is a garbage drug. Like fentanyl and other opioids stimulants have a very high risk of addiction and death. Cocaine is South America's own version of meth but meth is cheaper to buy than cocaine. Uppers and downers are hard drugs. Alcohol and nicotine are both legal hard drugs which kill millions every year. You could imagine what would happen if something like meth was legalized. It would be a social disaster. I support decriminalization of all illegal drugs. Legalizing them is too risky.

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      11 months ago

      I can't believe the things people will put in their body. This is so heart-breaking. What makes them want to even try this?

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      19 months ago

      You are completely uneducated on this subject! Why would you write about something if you haven't researched it yourself? You spread government propaganda and misinformation to insult/stigmatize a group of people that needs help.

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      Melyssa Ermi-Ortiz 

      4 years ago from Colorado Springs

      And it doesn't just slowly kill, it can instantaneously kill you too, if the dose is lethal enough

    • Melissa Ortiz81 profile imageAUTHOR

      Melyssa Ermi-Ortiz 

      4 years ago from Colorado Springs

      What's more disgusting is what it's made of, and the things it does to your body.

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      4 years ago from Earth

      This is terrible how people gets adicted to some kind of drug that slowly kills them.


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