Methamphetamines, or more commonly known as crystal meth, are highly addictive stimulants similar to amphetamines, that sometimes quickly, yet sometimes slowly, destroy a user’s life. According to 2013 survey data, over 12.3 million Americans over the age of 12 admitted to using crystal meth, non-medicinally in the last year. Some common street names include:
- Hot Ice
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, meth is a Schedule II drug. It is in the class of drugs known as stimulants. Stimulants, or “uppers”, create a false feeling of happiness, increase energy, and causes users to focus or fixate on items at a fast pace. Many stimulants also create a feeling of invincibility. However, these effects are very harmful to the brain and central nervous system. According to the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime, it is estimated that there are almost 25 million people currently addicted to methamphetamines in the world. The majority of all meth abuse takes place in the US, with the Czech Republic and most of Southeast Asia following close behind.