Commonly known as “crystal meth,” “tweak,” “glass,” “speed” or “ice,” methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. A powerful central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, methamphetamine increases activity and talkativeness, reduces appetite and creates a euphoric sense of well-being.
Meth can take the form of a white, odorless, bitter crystalline powder that dissolves in water and alcohol. Listed as a Schedule II substance under the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances, Meth can also be used medicinally. Methamphetamine HCL is distributed under the brand name Desoxyn to treat Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and severe obesity. Although it is of higher quality and lower than its illegally produced counterpart, it still poses the same side effects.
Despite knowing the deadly side effects and psychological detriments, people still abuse methamphetamine for the following reasons:
- The rush
- The high – wherein a user feels aggressively smarter. A high can last from 4-16 hours
- For rapid and dramatic weight loss
- An escapist act of desperation or diversion from intense traumatic or dire circumstances or events