Of all the dangerous drugs circulating the country, one of the most prevalent is crystal meth. It has torn families apart and ruined lives in both urban and rural areas. When a person first tries it, it is more or less life-changing. The powerful rush it gives its user is hard to take away. That’s right — most of the time, all it takes is just one session. Here are some eye-opening facts about crystal meth.
·It has many names on the street – crack, ice, speed, or chalk.
·It is a more affordable option of cocaine. It gives the same effect, over a longer period of time. It is affordable because it’s easier to make.
·It can be manufactured anywhere, from trailer homes to abandoned buildings, to residences themselves.
·It can be inhaled, injected, swallowed, or snorted.
·One of the most dangerous aspects is that users develop
a tolerance over a period of time. When this happens, people begin to need a bigger amount to get their hit.
·It has been found that excessive and prolonged use of the crystal meth has a negative effect on a person’s body and brain. Users usually experience rotting of teeth and drying up and damaging of the skin.
·Withdrawal symptoms from crystal meth are extreme and can range from simple anxiety to extreme paranoia and severe (and dangerous) depression.
Dr. Curtis Cripe is a neuroengineer with a background that includes drug addiction and abuse recovery. He currently leads the Research and Development department of the NTL group. For more on Dr. Cripe and the NTL group, follow this Facebook page.