Crystal Meth is a powerful stimulant that produces heightened feelings of alertness, focus, and euphoria. It’s short for crystal methamphetamine which is a white crystalline drug that can be snorted, smoked or injected. Due to its powerful effects, the development of crystal meth addiction is common among many.
It also goes by other street names as “speed”, “ice”, “glass” or “crank”. It is a highly powerful and addictive central nervous stimulant that was originally formulated during the World War II era. It has spawned a major epidemic across the U.S. and there has been a massive surge of meth lab seizures, predominantly in the Midwest, where the drug remains the most prevalent. It also remains a large problem in western states and parts of the south.
Much of the meth consumed in the United States is manufactured in pocket labs across the country and in “super labs” in Mexico where federal regulations on the precursor chemical Ephedrine are more lenient. Currently, China is the primary supplier of chemicals used to make meth around the world (80 percent).
Methamphetamines are cheaply made using various household products, all of which by themselves are dangerous to ingest. The primary ingredient used to manufacture meth is pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, both of which are found in numerous cold remedies. Other ingredients used to make meth include lye, anhydrous ammonia and red phosphorous.
It is a highly powerful stimulant that produces heightened feelings of alertness, focus, and euphoria.