Meth: The Facts You Don’t Already Know

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facts about methEver since the show Breaking Bad aired and ended, people have become more aware of meth than ever before. There are still a lot people who don’t know though, even the people who may be using meth or are former meth users. These are the facts about meth that you don’t already know. Some of them may surprise you, others may not. For those who may not know a lot about it lets go through a quick break down. Meth is an amphetamine that is made from a concoction of ingredients including the main one found in Sudafed, pseudophedrine. Meth can be smoked, snorted or shot up (intravenous use.) And meth has some ugly side effects. Meth can rot teeth out, cause them to fall out, causes users to pick at their skin and so much more. But that isn’t what we are here to talk about. Here are some the facts about meth that you may not already know. 

Facts about meth #1: In 1887, scientists isolated the chemical ephedrine from a shrub called Ephedra sinica, which actually had been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. In 1919, chemists manufactured methamphetamine by combining this plant’s active chemicals with red phosphorous and iodine. People were quick to actch on to the effects of methamphetamine. For instance, they noticed the drug’s appetite suppressing, mood boosting, and focus inducing properties. In World War 2, Adolf Hitler distributed methamphetamines to his soldiers in order to boost the morale and help keep them alert. And during the 1950s it was a component of a popular diet pill that houseives used to stay slim and hard working. 

Facts about meth #2: Meth is different than cocaine, heroin and marijuana, obviously. But what I am talking about is that meth’s key ingredient is harvested from crops but producing methamphetamine requires transforming precursor drugs. Compounds such as ephedrine or pseudo ephedrine, the active ingredients in stuff like Sudafed, have togo through chemical reactions themselves before becoming methamphetamine. Only a handful of labs around the world can make and do make these chemicals on any kind of scale. Huge quantities of meth are usually made by the Mexican drug cartels in what is known as superlabs. But freelance meth makers, who make the drug at home, steal decongestants from pharmacies and combine them with toxic solvents and chemicals in dangerous at home labs. The chemicals used to make meth are volatile and can lead to explosions, and the toxic waste that is left over is hard to dispose of. 

Facts about meth #3: Meth is known as midwestern thing and is home in states such as Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. It is said that meth got its foothold in the Midwest partially because of the industrial meat processing plants out there. Jobs in factories are amongst the most dangerous and physically tiring in the United States. Workers have to process chickens, cows or pigs at a rate of about 140 chickens per minute. Something like that. Meat processing workers came to rely heavily on meth in order to be quicker, sharper and more alert. The same plants play a role in Mexican drug organizations distribution networks, why? Well, because migrant workers who move across the country from plant to plant can spread the drug. 

Facts about meth #4: Pharmaceutical methamphetamine is still available legally under the brand name Desoxyn, but only infrequently prescribed to treat severe obesity, narcolepsy and ADHD. Pharmaceutical amphetamine is available by prescription under a number of brand names (most notably Adderall), while other amphetamine-like stimulant medications are also widely prescribed (such as Ritalin), and are commonly prescribed to treat narcolepsy, ADHD, fatigue and depression.

Facts about meth #5: Meth is metabolized by the kidneys, and can lead to severe kidney damage. Other drugs, including alcohol are metabolized by the liver.

Facts about meth #6: The average meth “cook” annually teaches ten others how to makemeth.

Facts about meth #7: Every pound of meth produced leaves behind five to six pounds of toxic waste.

Facts about meth #8:Women are more likely to use meth than cocaine.

Facts about meth #9: Crystal Meth is the purest form of Meth amphetamine, and can rapidly speed up the aging process.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a meth addiction please don’t hesitate to call for help. We are here any time, day or night. You are not alone. Call us now, cause if it’s not now, then when?