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crystal meth

(crystal methamphetamine, tina, crystal meths, krank, tweak, ice)

Crystal meth is an intensive stimulant with disinhibitory qualities


What is crystal methamphetamine?

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. Like powdered methamphetamine (another form of d-methamphetamine), crystal methamphetamine is abused because of the long-lasting euphoric effects it produces. 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.
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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.

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Who uses crystal methamphetamine?

Crystal methamphetamine is used by individuals of all ages and is increasingly gaining in popularity as a club drug. It is difficult to determine how many individuals in the United States use crystal methamphetamine because most illicit drug use surveys do not distinguish between crystal methamphetamine and powdered methamphetamine. Those surveys that do draw such a distinction reveal that use of crystal methamphetamine is prevalent. According to the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Survey, nearly 5 percent of high school seniors in the United States used crystal methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime and 3 percent used the drug in the past year.


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. Overdoses can cause hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), convulsions, and death.

Individuals who use crystal methamphetamine also may have episodes of violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. The drug can produce psychotic symptoms that persist for months or years after an individual has stopped using the drug.

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. Chronic users who inject methamphetamine also risk scarred or collapsed veins, infections of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and liver or kidney disease.

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Once very big amongst some of the US gay community but now spreading fast into mainstream culture, meth was originally used by bikers and truckers to stay awake on long journeys.

Crystal is made of highly volatile, toxic substances (based on such chemical "precursors" as methylamine and amyl amine) that are melded in differing combinations, forming what some have described as a "mix of laundry detergent and lighter fluid."

The mixes are never exactly the same, but basic types are a rough yellow substance called Hydro and a smooth white blend called Glass. Half a gram costs around £25 and a £15 hit would probably keep you going for a few days.

The drug can either be snorted or injected, or in its crystal form 'ice' smoked in a pipe, and brings on a feeling of exhilaration and a sharpening of focus. Smoking ice results in an instantaneous dose of almost pure drug to the brain, giving a huge rush followed by a feeling of euphoria for anything from 2-16 hours.

For some this could result in obsessive cleaning or tidying, but for many the biggest bonus is the sense of sexual liberation which can result in mad, abandoned sex for hours - sometimes days - on end.

It's ability to keep users awake and feeling good for long periods have resulted in the drug making heavy inroads into the US gay dance scene, although its use is still rare in the UK.


Side effects: The biggest risk is from the increased chance of HIV infection through unprotected and uninhibited sex while under the influence of meth. The liberating nature of the drug means that often safe sex is discarded while sexual activity increases greatly. It has been reported in the States that in almost half of the new AIDS cases, crystal meth has been a factor.

Smoking ice results in body temperature rises and rapid cardiac and respiratory rates developing as the blood pressure increases. The drug can lead to hallucinations, paranoia, and bizarre, aggressive and psychotic behaviour.

Health risks: The effects and dependence potential of meth are similar to that of amphetamine misuse, although as the stuff is a lot stronger, the dangers involved are greater with an increased chance of overdose.

Overuse can bring on paranoia, short term memory loss, wild rages and mood swings as well as damage to your immune system. As far as we know, it is not physically addictive, although many have quickly developed a very strong psychological and damaging dependence for the drug.

Overdosing can lead to severe convulsions followed by circulatory and respiratory collapse, coma and death. Some people have died after taking small doses.

The mix of chemicals, method of use and the user's lifestyle can do serious damage to the mouth ('Meth mouth'), with teeth rotting to the gum line as a result of the meth vapours.

The Law: Formerly a Class B drug, meth was reclassified as class A in June 2006, with possession punishable by up to seven years in prison or an unlimited fine.


Crystal meth made class A drug last January 2007...Being on the top list of the most dangerous drugs.


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Το "κρακ" είναι ουσιαστικά παράγωγο κοκαΐνης και έχει εξαπλωθεί με ραγδαίους ρυθμούς καθώς πωλείται στην αγορά σε τιμές φθηνότερες της υδροχλωρικής κοκαΐνης η οποία πωλείται συνήθως σε καθαρότητα 70% και τιμή πεζοδρομίου ύψους 30,000 δρχ ενώ το "κρακ" διατίθεται και σε δόσεις των 100 mg και περιεκτικότητα 75%- 90% και σε τιμή των 3,000 δρχ ανά δόση. Το "κρακ" παρουσιάζει ανοδική τάση χρήσης σε αρκετές Ευρωπαϊκές χώρες όπου χαρακτηρίζεται με ψευδώνυμα όπως "βραχάκι" ή και "βάση" ακόμη ως "φρη-μπέηζ" και "μαγευτική κοκαΐνη". Το κρακ κυκλοφορεί σε κρυσταλλική μορφή και καπνίζεται συνήθως μέσα στο κανονικό τσιγάρο.

Το "κρακ" είναι εντυπωσιακά γρήγορο στη δημιουργία εθισμού όπου ο χρήστης αισθάνεται την ανάγκη αύξησης των δόσεών του και συνεχούς χρήσης για να διατηρήσει τα επιθυμητά υποκειμενικά ψυχοσυναισθηματικά επίπεδα ευφορίας και διέγερσης και κατά συνέπεια είναι και εντυπωσιακά επικίνδυνο. Τα συμπτώματα της χρήσης του περιλαμβάνουν αύξηση των καρδιακών παλμών, και της πίεσης του αίματος, καταστολή, απώλεια βάρους και νευρικότητα και συχνά παρανοϊκές κρίσεις και δημιουργία παραισθήσεων. Είναι συχνές και οι αναφορές σε απόπειρες αυτοκτονίας των ατόμων που έκαναν χρήση του "κρακ"

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