It was only twenty or thirty years ago when crystal meth was not even a blip on the radar screen of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. Now, in 2008 crystal meth addiction and production are two of the biggest problems facing families and police around the country.
And although crystal meth is a recent addition to the drug pantheon, the drug from which it is derived methamphetamine has been a problem in the United States since World War II.
What is Crystal Meth?
Crystal meth is a crystallized form of Methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant. Crystal meth produces a long-lasting, intense high that can leave the individual “strung out” on the drug for days or weeks at a time.
What is Crystal Meth Addiction?
Crystal meth addiction occurs when the individual develops a dependence on the drug and cannot stop taking it on their own. Crystal meth addicts are also likely to develop a strong tolerance to the drug as well -needing more and more of it as time passes to achieve the stimulant effect.
Meth Addiction and the United States Military
As incredible as it now seems, during World War II, the U.S. military used to actually give soldiers amphetamines to help them stay alert during battle. Many of these young men came back home to the states with a full blown addiction to stimulants. For many, this would lead to a lifelong struggle with drug addiction.
The Popularity of Prescription Methamphetamine
In the 1950’s, doctors in the United States and around the world began prescribing methamphetamine to their patients for treating depression and weight loss. Like the distribution to soldiers in WWII this would lead to the creation of thousands of addicts who became dependant on the stimulant after just a short time taking the medication.
The Rise of Crystal Methamphetamine
In the 1960’s, right on through to the 1980’s there was a significant amount of growth in the meth business, as drug dealers began crystallizing the substance so that it could be snorted, smoked or injected. This form of the drug became known as crystal meth and rivaled even cocaine as a problem in thousands of communities around the country. The better drug dealers got at making crystal meth, the less expensive it became -and the easier it was to distribute.
Where is All the Crystal Meth Coming from Today?
As recently as 15 years ago the bulk of the crystal meth purchased in the United States came from large production facilities hidden in the California and Mexico desert. The rise of crystal meth use came in the years that followed when police and DEA agents began busting small, home-made lab facilities around the country. Today, the small “meth labs” are the hardest to find, yet produce most of the crystal meth distributed throughout the country.
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