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Ice (Methamphetamine)

SCIENTIFIC TERM:

D-Methamphetamine.

STREET NAMES:

Meth, Ice, Crank

EFFECTS:

The effects usually begin after 20-40 minutes and last between 4 and 9 hours. The effects are similar to a mild LSD experience and are dependent on the user’s mood and expectations. Again once it starts it can’t be stopped.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

White/yellow/pink crystalline powder, clear liquid; ampoules (Meth).  Small whitish chips, (Ice). Most methamphetamine is illicitly manufactured and as such is of questionable quality.  Has a very strong and long lived stimulant effect.  Methamphetamine can be smoked or injected

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Methamphetamine releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which stimulates brain cells, enhancing mood and body movement. Oral or intranasal use produces euphoria - a high, but not a rush. Users may become addicted quickly, and use it with increasing frequency and in increasing doses.  Tolerance to methamphetamine develops quickly. The effects last from three to four hours. Like amphetamine sulphate, withdrawal is in two phases. Firstly, the "crash" or "come down" which produces tiredness and depression. In the second phase, users can become irritable and severely depressed, this will last for three to four weeks and in some cases can last for months.  Long-term use of methamphetamine can lead to severe weight loss, insomnia, exhaustion, paranoid psychosis (this is generally drug-induced and as such will be resolved within a few weeks after drug taking has stopped) and severe depression. Smoking "Ice" over long periods causes severe psychotic episodes with both visual and auditory hallucinations, presenting not unlike schizophrenia.

LAW:

Methamphetamine - often referred to as crystal meth - was reclassified as a Class A drug on 18th January 2007. It is illegal to have, give away or sell. As a Class A drug, possession can get you up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

 

  1. Methamphetamine was first synthesized in Japan in 1894 by chemist Nagayoshi Nagai.
  2. One of the earliest uses of Methamphetamine was during World War II when the German military dispensed it under the trade name Pervitin.
  3. From 1942 until his death in 1945, Adolf Hitler may have been given intravenous injections of Methamphetamine by his personal physician Theodor Morell as a treatment for depression and fatigue. It is possible that it was used to treat Hitler's speculated Parkinson's disease, or that his Parkinson-like symptoms which developed from 1940 onwards were related to use of Methamphetamine.
  4. Methamphetamine addicts may lose their teeth abnormally quickly, a condition known as "Meth Mouth”.
  5. Worldwide, it is estimated to have 35 million users - five times as many as Heroin.
  6. It spread across America in the 1990s and is gaining ground elsewhere because it gives a longer high than Cocaine.
  7. Brain imaging studies have found that continued use creates damage to the brain that is similar to that caused by strokes or Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the drug can produce psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia and delusions, in a user that persist for months or years after a person has stopped using the drug.  
  8. People in occupations (such as long-haul truckers) that demand long hours, mental alertness, and physical endurance, have been using this drug at increased rates.
  9. Crystal Meth can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the Brain.
  10. Crystal Meth was popular in the drug counterculture in the 1960's & 1970's before disappearing from the scene for almost 20 years before resurfacing, more widely used than ever in the past decade.
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