Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Crystal Meth is a smokeable form of Methamphetamine. Crystal Meth looks like crystal's thus it's name. It is odorless and colorless. Also sometimes snorted or injected. An extremely addictive man-made stimulant that usually leads to physiological and psychological dependence.
Meth has been around for quite some time. Chemist Nagayoshi Nagai created meth from ephedrine in 1893. In 1919 Akira Ogata created its crystallized form.
Adolph Hitler mixed Benzedrine with other chemicals and gave it to his army to inable them to fight for days without food or sleep, it was called Pervitin. Also, known as Fliegerschokolade or "flyer's chocolate" given to pilots, or Panzerschokolade or "tanker's chocolate" when given to tank crews. It was mixed with chocolates.
The Japanese Kamikaze took the drug to calm their fears before attacking American Ships. After World War II, it became known as "Shabu" in Japan. Prohibited by the Japanese Ministry of health in 1951.
In the 1950's it was a prescribed drug for narcolepsy, alcoholism, treatment of obesity and post encephalitic Parkinsonism.
In the 1960's Methamphetamine manufacturing began in Hawaii.
Meth is made out of chemicals from solvents, lye, rat poison, battery acid, drain cleaner, hydrochloric acid, ammonia, gasoline or acetone, ephedrine or pseudo-ephedrine. It has been produced in homes, hotels, storage facilities, in the back of auto's. Just about everywhere. The combination of chemicals can cause potentially explosive atmospheres.
This causes hazardous conditions to children in the homes of these meth labs, they are often malnourished, improperly clothed, neglected. It also causes the general public vulnerability to these labs as well when they are dumped into our waterways, ponds, public sewer systems, on the side of country roads or even in our yards.
Meth labs can be identified by the chemical smell, usually smelling like ammonia, or fingernail polish. Excessive amounts of pill bottles from the cold medicines. Propane tanks that have blue corrosion on the fittings. Starter fluid cans opened from the bottom, hotplates, lots and lots of baggies, coffee filters, matches, lithium batteries, mason jars, plastic tubing, funnels. Ventilation hoses sticking out of the homes where labs are located. Basically anything out of the ordinary.
Meth can cause erratic, violent behavior, loss of appetite, loss of sleep, extreme mood swings, and causes the user's behavior to become unpredictable. It can cause convulsions and tremors, irregular heart rate, increased blood pressure. Homicidal or suicidal thoughts and anxiety.
Methamphetamine is also known as lines, dope, tweak, stuff, cridium, crystal, zoom, wake up, junk, go, sketch, crystal meth, glass, ice, crank and speed.
Meth is introduced into the body by smoking, snorting, eaten or injecting it.
Typically sold in 1/4 gram packages for about $20-$25.
Meth is a stimulant that accelerates the central nervous system.
www.crystaldarkness.com View the 30-minute documentary about the problem use of Meth by youth and their families. The documentary will be broadcasted at 6:30p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, on channels 4, 5, and 9. You can also view the film at the Ritz Theatre, on Jan 13th at 6:30p.m.