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1 Crystal Methamphetamine Facts
What is crystal methamphetamine? Crystal methamphetamine is a colorless, odorless form of d-methamphetamine, a powerful and highly addictive synthetic (man-made) stimulant. Crystal meth typically resembles small fragments of glass or shiny blue-white "rocks" of various sizes.

2 Crystal Methamphetamine Facts
Ingredients Crystal Meth ingredients are typically legal and useful items in their own right. These include Ephedrine-containing pills mixed together with “harmful” ingredients such as Drano, paint thinner, acetone, muriatic acid and much more.

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How is it abused? Crystal methamphetamine typically is smoked using glass pipes similar to pipes used to smoke crack cocaine. Crystal methamphetamine also may be injected. A user who smokes or injects the drug immediately experiences an intense sensation followed by a high that may last 12 hours or more.

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What are the effects? Crystal methamphetamine use is associated with numerous serious physical problems, such as rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and damage to the small blood vessels in the brain--which can lead to stroke. Chronic use of the drug can result in inflammation of the heart lining. Overdoses can cause hyperthermia, convulsions, and death. Individuals who use crystal methamphetamine also may have episodes of violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. The drug can produce psychotic symptoms that persist for months or years after an individual has stopped using the drug.

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How addictive is Meth? Methamphetamine more addictive than any other drug. 92% of first time users will not stop and become addicted to crystal meth. The best practical way of prevention is to stop first time use – after first time use it is almost impossible to stop further drug abuse.

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Physical effects Even after a short period of time physical effects will be visible, which include weight loss, sores, and facial scars (this last caused by constant scratching of the skin. People using crystal meth age rapidly, often years after only 2-3 years of drug abuse.

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Meth Mouth "Meth mouth" is an informal name for advanced tooth decay attributed to heavy methamphetamine use. "Meth mouth" characteristics include: Bruits (teeth clenching and grinding): Methamphetamine induces bruxism, leading to the wear and cracks of tooth enamel. Oral hygiene neglect: Methamphetamine users often neglect oral hygiene. Hyposalivation (dry mouth): A lack of saliva's natural protective effects leads to increased tooth decay at the gum line.

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Visualization See what your face will look after 6 month, 1 year or 3 years of meth use. High-tech Face2Face captures 3D image, simulate changes.

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