Crystal methamphetamine – most commonly known as crystal meth – is an illegal, man-made drug that affects the central nervous system. The drug has surged in popularity in recent years, with police seizures in Canada more than tripling since 2007. The highly addictive drug is finding its way into New Brunswick communities, and is having a devastating impact for users. In fact, it is estimated that 10 per cent of people who use methamphetamine will develop a substance use disorder immediately, with just one use.
Common street names for crystal meth include:
What does it look like?
The drug can be sold in various forms, including powder, tablets, or in rock-like chunks or crystals. They can also come in many colours.
How is it used?
Depending on the form, crystal meth can be snorted, injected, ingested or smoked.
Risks / Side effects
In the short term, crystal meth can create a high that lasts a few hours, during which users feel energized, confident, and hyper. Other physical effects include decreased appetite, headache, dizziness, increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Over the long term, the most significant impact of methamphetamine use is the risk of psychotic symptoms that may occur with chronic or heavy use of the drug. Symptoms of psychosis may include hearing voices, speaking gibberish, losing track of time, losing touch with reality, and agitation. At its most extreme end, methamphetamine induced psychosis can also result in paranoia, hallucinations and violent behaviour.
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