Crystal meth, also known as crystal methamphetamine, is an extremely powerful drug that is very addictive. Crystal Meth has been growing in popularity over recent years and has affected young adults more, proportionally, than any other age group. The demographics of crystal meth users according to a study conducted by the National Association of Counties is an average age of 20 to 30 years old. Users come from a wide variety of background including college students to working professionals.
Meth has become one of the most common drug problems in the United States today, partly as a result of the fact that it can be produced at home or in makeshift laboratories.
Crystal meth is not only dangerous because of the effects it has on the body when injected, snorted or smoked, but also because it is a very volatile compound and there have been many reported cases of explosions in meth labs that killed the people inside.
Methamphetamines affect the central nervous system creating a euphoric feeling. Because of the power of the drug, and the possibility that the drug can be contaminated with foreign substances, meth has significant short-term and long-term side effects. In some cases, like many other powerful drugs, it can be fatal on the first try.
Brain and vital organ function can be compromised significantly – in particular, those who use the drug may experience paranoia, anxiety, insomnia and general changes in demeanor. Users will experience many physical changes as well including dental problems and extreme weight loss.
Most meth users will remove themselves from their social circles as they increase the use of the drug.
Crystal meth is treated in similar ways to other drugs, starting with medical detox and followed by 30, 60, or 90 day treatment. Because of the meteoric rise in crystal meth use, Crystal Meth Anonymous has been created as a 12 step program for those who are recovering from the substance. Following a proper course of treatment increases the likelihood of successful treatment.