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Crystal Meth Users

Crystal Meth

What is Crystal Meth?  Crystal meth is the common name for crystal methamphetamine. It is a powerful and highly addictive synthetic (man-made) drug that affects the central nervous system (CNS) [1]. Crystal meths are usually a colorless and odorless form of methamphetamine that typically resembles small fragments of glass or shiny blue-white “rocks” of different sizes. Crystal meth addiction has devastating effects. It can cause lung disorders, kidney damage, hyperthermia, substance-induced psychosis, stroke, and cardiac arrest. In addition, crystal meth physically alters one’s facial appearance through the physical and psychological side effects. Oral or dental disease, including meth mouth, was one of the most prevalent (41.3 percent) medical comorbidities in meth users. Crystal eth has been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) [2] as a Schedule II controlled substance, which makes it legally available only through prescription. Crystal meth takes the form of white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline fragments that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Crystal meth can also be smoked, snorted, injected, or orally ingested. Crystal meth, however, usually has a higher purity level and may produce even longer-lasting and more intense physiological effects than the powdered form of the drug. The meth effects can last for a period of between…