In the last couple decades, crystal meth has become a very, very popular drug, particular amongst young adults and teens. Crystal meth is a synthetically created drug that stems from a basic amphetamine compound, with other lovely additives such as pseudo-ephedrine, battery acid, Draino, and now, lithium batteries.
Crystal meth wrecks almost limitless havoc on an individual’s body, and subjects them to the most addictive and damaging of highs. The chemicals in crystal meth, once ingested into the body, cause an immediate chemical combustion and reaction upon the brain, spinal cord, central nervous system, and muscle tissues. The human body, under the influence of crystal meth, will run excessively high on almost all functioning levels, and for a short time the individual will feel faster, stronger, smarter, quicker, and lighter than normal, all going along with a whole battery of mental delusions and hallucinations of power and false senses of heightened abilities and senses.
When an individual comes down off of crystal meth, he or she will feel quite ill and fatigued. He or she will often get quite sick, and will almost always be quite irritable and shiftless.
Lithium Batteries Added to Crystal Meth to Make it More “Potent”
Almost all crystal meth today is made with lithium batteries. Lithium, a very powerful chemical that is severely toxic and poisonous to the human body, has recently become an almost uniformly present ingredient in today’s meth labs, and is thought by professionals to be included in meth mixtures because it makes crystal meth far more potent, and also far more dangerous.
What to Watch Out For
As a concerned family member, loved one, or friend, there are very distinct tell-tale signs that can give away meth use and abuse. Because this drug is so powerful, and because it hooks people so quickly, and especially now since lithium is being used to make crystal meth, it is of the utmost importance to be on the lookout for any signs and symptoms of its use or abuse within one’s family members, loved ones, friends, associates, and co-workers. Written below is a list of just some of the signs, symptoms, side effects, and health effects of crystal meth use and abuse:
- Dilated pupils
- Weight loss
- Eye twitching
- Loss of appetite
- Repetitious behavior
- Loss of appetite
- Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
- Dilation of pupils
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
- Hallucinations, hyper excitability, irritability
- Panic and psychosis
- Convulsions, seizures, and death from high doses
- Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
- Liver, kidney, and lung damage
- Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
- Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
- Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
- Malnutrition and weight loss
- Severe tooth decay
- Disorientation, apathy, and confused exhaustion
- Strong psychological dependence
- Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy
A Better Future for Crystal Meth Addicts
The only solution to curing an addiction for a crystal meth addict lies in a quest through inpatient rehabilitation. Crystal meth is so powerfully addictive that most individuals cannot kick the habit in any other way. Also, because crystal meth is so deadly, it is important that anyone who is addicted to it get help for the problem as soon as possible. The responsibility rests upon the shoulders of the family members, spouses, children, friends, and loved ones of meth addicts, and the addicts themselves, to reverse the dwindling spiral of crystal meth addiction in the United States.