Isn’t this the drug that pops up in that TV series Breaking Bad?
Methamphetamine yep, that’s the stuff; it’s pretty big in the States, where it tends to be associated with deprivation. It’s also around in parts of (mainly Eastern) Europe, where it tends to be associated with prostitution.
In the UK it’s not that common, and its use tends to revolve around the gay clubbing scene where it’s often used with GBL. Prices are also pretty high here which can (maybe thankfully) keep its use down.
It’s sold as a white odourless and bitter tasting crystalline powder. It can be dissolved in water or alcohol, and can also be produced in tablet or powder form. It can be smoked, injected, snorted or consumed orally.
What are the risks of taking it?
Well, like Speed it’s an amphetamine, but quite a bit stronger. It can kill if you overdose, particularly if you’re injecting, and particularly dangerous if combined with alcohol. Like speed, people who have known or unknown heart problems can be at high risk as it really messes with your heart and circulation.
What about smoking or taking it orally? Any safer?
Frankly, not much! One danger is the psychological problems it can cause, even with light to moderate use. Users can experience unpleasant and massive lows after use which can lead to keeping using just to chase the highs, but it will eventually catch up with you.
This persistent use can lead to becoming psychologically and physically addicted, and coming off it can be pretty unpleasant, and could be dangerous, without medical supervision.
How would I know if I was getting a problem?
Well, common indications are…
If you’re feeling tired and depressed and finding it hard to focus after using,
- finding you can only chem sex
- getting regular panic attacks
- grinding and clenching your jaw until it aches,
- getting mouth ulcers and bad teeth, this is called “meth-mouth” and is really unpleasant.
- feeling you get caught up doing one thing, over and over again., some users scratch at their skin so much that they create holes!
- feeling paranoid, feel that people are talking about you, are out to get you.
- seeing hallucinations, and hearing noises.
- feeling that you just want to end it all. Suicide is not unknown; it can make you pretty desperate!
….. Any or all of the above may indicate that you are having a serious problem with this substance; some of these symptoms can be persistent and through prolonged use, even permanent.
Seeking help from the Services is the best way to detox as without medical supervision it can be extremely unpleasant.
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