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Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is one street form of the drug, methamphetamine hydrochloride, which comes in clear, chunky crystals, which are then inhaled or smoked.

Crystal meth has become the most widespread and popular form of the drug, largely because it is so easy to make that anyone can set up a lab (instructions are widespread on the World Wide Web).

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What Is It?

Methylamphetamine (commonly referred to as methamphetamine) is one of a group of psychostimulant drugs called amphetamines that act on the brain and nervous system.

Crystal methamphetamine is a colorless, odorless form of d-methamphetamine, a powerful and highly addictive synthetic (man-made) stimulant. Crystal methamphetamine typically resembles small fragments of glass or shiny blue-white “rocks” of various sizes.

Crystal methamphetamine, however, typically has a higher purity level and may produce even longer-lasting and more intense physiological effects than the powdered form of the drug.

Names

Methamphetamine, Methylamphetamine, Ice, Glass, are most common.

Also knowns as Batu, Blade, Christine, Crazy medicine, Cristy, Crystal glass, Hanyak, Hiropon, Hot ice, Kaksonjae, L.A. glass, L.A. ice, Nazi crank, Quartz, Shabu, Shards, Stove top, Super ice, Tina, Ventana, Vidrio, Yaba.

What Does It Do?

Methylamphetamine can bring on a feeling of exhilaration and produces increased arousal and activity levels. It also reduces tiredness and suppresses appetite. It causes a rapid heart rate and a rise in blood pressure, and the higher the dose the greater these effects.

Other acute effects reported include agitation, paranoia, confusion and violence.

Regular use increases tolerance and the need for higher dosages to get the same effect, and this can lead to a physical and/or psychological dependence on the drug. Long term use can result in serious mental, personality, and physical problems.

How Is It Made?

Crystal meth can be easy to produce in small, clandestine labs, sometimes in a kitchen or bathroom, by mixing a cocktail of about 15 substances, mostly pseudoephedrine (a cold remedy), red phosphorous and iodine, but also including ammonia, paint thinner, ether, Drano and the lithium from batteries.

Police say an investment of about $150 can yield up to $10,000 worth of the drug.

But the resulting drug is often impure and the manufacturing process can be dangerous and cause fires.

How Is It Abused?

Crystal methamphetamine typically is smoked using glass pipes similar to pipes used to smoke crack cocaine. Crystal methamphetamine also may be injected. A user who smokes or injects the drug immediately experiences an intense sensation followed by a high that may last 12 hours or more.

What Are the Risks?

Crystal methamphetamine use is associated with numerous serious physical problems. The drug can cause rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and damage to the small blood vessels in the brain–which can lead to stroke.

Chronic use of the drug can result in inflammation of the heart lining.

Crystal methamphetamine users who inject the drug expose themselves to additional risks, including contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and C, and other blood-borne viruses.

Legal Status

Crystal methamphetamine is illegal.

Crystal methamphetamine is a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act.