Why You Should be Afraid of Methamphetamines
There are many reasons why you should be afraid of methamphetamines even if you don’t directly use them. There are health hazards from using methamphetamines and meth labs are hazardous to the community you live in.
Methamphatemine labs have been and still are a problem in states all over the U.S.A. As fast as the labs are seized and shut down more get started. The supply for this dangerous drug is real and you should be aware that is not a drug that you will just find being made in the inner cities. The best places are in rural areas due to the smell and easier to hide from authority.
In this post the goal is to help you understand what methamphetamine’s are and how it can affect you, your family and community.
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that has many street names but you will often hear it referred to as “meth.” Meth is cooked in meth labs that are set up in houses bought, rented or abandoned. It can be in the form of a pill, crystal, powder, chunk like rocks, or capsules. Users of Meth either shoot it up with a needle, smoke it, or snort it. In some cases its eaten.
Other Names for Meth
When Meth is mixed with other drugs like ecstasy or cocaine you may hear it referred to as: party and play, hugs and kisses, or twisters.
Chemicals and Equipment Used for Meth Labs
Yes believe it or not lithium is used as an ingredient to cook meth. This list should help you see why and how dangerous Methamphetamines are to the mind, body and spirit of a person using it and to the environment. Many of the products used are explosive by themselves yet as you can see they will be combined. This is why you should be afraid to have one of these labs in your community. This is why you should be afraid to use or have a friend or loved one use this drug.
Other chemicals and equipment used in this process are:
- Asthma medications
- Over the counter cold medications
- Drain cleaner
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Rubber tubbing
- Kitty Litter
- Pyrex glass containers
- Camp stoves or hot plates
- Stove fuel
- Red phosphorous
- and Sulfuric Acid
How to tell that a Meth Lab is in Your Community
Methamphetamine labs produce a lot of product operating around the clock. There is usually more trash than what you would find coming from a family living in a home. The combination of chemicals results in a strong odor. If you smell a strong chemical odor in your community regardless of what you think it may be contact your local Department of Public Health. Especially if this odor is new to you and you don’t have any industrial plants nearby. There may also be signs of alterations to the structure of the house or building due to the exhaust system installed by the dealers. Another sign would be windows that have been covered up with plastic. Just like any other drug dealer location you will probably notice high traffic at all times of the day and night.
Methamphetamines Use and Exposure Health Risk
Methamphetamine users have a tendency to scratch. The chemicals that are not in the body result in rashes all over the body. Also the users have tactile hallucinations believing that bugs are crawling on them and constantly pick his/her skin to address the issue.
Symptoms Caused by Methamphetamine Use
- Kidney and lung disorders
- Blood clots
- Aggressive and violent behavior
This list is not all inclusive the damage from use can be fatal. Short term exposure to a meth lab can cause similar symptoms and fatality from inhalation of the chemicals and the body absorbing the chemicals from the air. Those who work in the meth labs manufacturing the drug wear safety suits for protection that cover the whole body.
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