The difference between crystal meth and meth is basically a structural difference. Also, each form differs in purity. Both substances are a form of the chemical n-methyl 1- phenyl-propane 2-amine, or methamphetamine, better known as meth.
When meth is converted into a crystalline form, it becomes known as crystal meth. Both forms are produced in illegal labs across the country. They can be injected, smoked, or snorted.
Although meth is widely used illegally, there is a legal form of amphetamine, known as Desoxyn, that is used to create prescription drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin. These legal form of amphetamine are used to treat Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Little Known Facts About the Beginnings of Meth
Meth was originally discovered in Japan in 1919. Later, it was brought to the US and dispensed to soldiers of WWII to help them stay alert during battle. It didn’t take long for people to figure out that the drug helped with weight loss. Eventually, by the 1950s, “speed” was being prescribed as a treatment for obesity. When people discovered that they could obtain a “rush” or “high” from it, the government began regulating the drug.
In the mid-1980s, the DEA sought ways to gain more control over the manufacturing and use of meth. Consequently, they had to enter into an agreement with the pharmaceutical companies stating that the DEA would restrict only the raw materials of meth production, not the over-the-counter products that contained the chemicals. In this way, profits could continue for the pharmaceutical companies.
Despite the restrictions on the raw materials, meth cooks found creative ways to continue producing their poison by extracting the chemicals from over-the-counter medicines. Many chemicals were extracted including pseudoephedrine. Because of the high volume of these retail medicines being used illicitly, they are now kept behind the counters of pharmacies nationwide. Purchase of theses medicines requires showing ID or a driver’s license, and detailed records are maintained to help track the sales of these products.
By 2003, more than 12-million Americans had tried meth at least once in their lifetime, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
What to do About Meth Addiction
Meth addiction is a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening complications. The best option for overcoming the effects of this powerful substance is to enter an inpatient addiction treatment facility.
To determine whether a person needs professional treatment, there are several warning signs that are common among meth abusers. For instance, the results are as follows:
- increased energy, inability to remain still
- sleep problems; looks tired all the time
- social withdrawal
- financial problems
- meth mouth (rotting or missing teeth)
When a person attempts to abstain from meth use they experience many uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that encourage them to seek more of the drug. Some of the withdrawals experienced by long-term use include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Increased appetite
- Suicidal thoughts
To avoid relapse during withdrawal, professional detox is strongly advised. In this setting, a recovering addict benefits from 24/7 monitoring by skilled staff and medical personnel, a secure environment, and medications, if needed, to minimize discomfort. Of course, receiving medication during detox is not an option in all programs. Do some research to determine if this is something you need to arrange as part of your treatment program.
Overcoming crystal meth and meth addiction is possible. Call our toll-free number now to get started on your treatment plan and begin the path to a drug-free future. We have a dedicated and compassionate staff that is experienced in treating methamphetamine addictions. Our success is directly related to your success. We are waiting for your call.