Facts about Drugs: Meth Abuse Around the World

Facts on Meth Abuse

Regardless of the extensive awareness of the Methamphetamine epidemic, there are lots of facts concerning the drug; it’s uses and addiction that still stay beyond common knowledge.

Below are some of the facts and figures relating to Meth abuse, from the substance’s physical properties plus chemical effects to its consequences on the brain and body:

  • Methamphetamine is categorized as a Schedule II drug. It’s in a similar class as very addictive substances like cocaine or PCP. The Schedule II categorization implies a tremendously high addiction potential, both physically and mentally.
  • Meth is commonly referred to as ‘ice,’ ‘Tina,’ ‘crystal,’ ‘glass’ among other names.
  • This drug can be consumed in numerous states. This is smoking, snorting, injection, and through oral swallowing of a pill or ingestion. For injection, an injectable liquid is distilled in water, whereas in smoking glass pipes are used.
  • Methamphetamine can raise blood sugar to unsafe levels.
  • Eating disorders are normal for its users. This is because of loss of appetite, malnutrition, and body dysmorphia common to Meth use.
  • Meth can result in intense mood swings that bring about violence. This largely occurs as a result of changes in brain chemistry that take place because of the drug.
  • It can lead to a breakdown of muscular tissue, called rhabdomyolysis, causing serious damage to the kidney, and at times might be fatal.
  • Meth highs can persist for as long as 12 hours whereas binges with continuous uses can keep a user high for several days.
  • Certain addicts live through complete psychotic breaks plus lingering psychosis, which normally takes years of soberness to solve.
  • Expectant females must never use Meth. Why? The substance has the ability to enter the placenta and be taken in by an infant via the mum’s milk.
  • Approximately 5% of 12th graders have tried using Meth no less than once over the course of their lives.
  • 3% of high school students have consumed Methamphetamine within the last year.
  • Meth has no color or odor in its purest state.
  • Home-based chemicals that used to cook or produce Meth include poisonous substances such as lye, brake fluid, drain cleaner, ephedrine, and lighter fluid.
  • Methamphetamine increases the danger of becoming infected with blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS, mostly via shared needles when it is injected. There’s also a higher potential for sexually transmitted infections because addicts tend to practice risky sexual activities, i.e. without protection.

A Global Pandemic of Addiction

The rate at which Methamphetamine is destroying lives is worrying, and that’s why you and I need to do something about it. Here’s a quick look at the statistics locally and across the globe.

  • The UN office on drugs approximated the global manufacture of amphetamine-kind stimulants, including Methamphetamine, to be almost 500 metric tons per year. The abusers are said to be roughly 24.7 million.
  • In 2008, the government of the United States said that roughly 13,000,000 individuals who are above 12 years of age had used Meth. 529,000 of those were addicts. In 2007, 4.1% of 10th-grade students and 4.5% of high-school seniors had used Meth at least once.
  • In the US, the proportion of drug medication admittances down to amphetamine and Meth abuse tripled to 9% in 2006 from 3% in 1996. Moreover, some states have much higher percentages. Like Hawaii for instance, in 2007, 48% of those looking for assistance for alcohol or drug abuse were Meth users.
  • Methamphetamine is widely used in the Czech Republic. It’s referred to as Pervitin. Pervitin is produced in small secret laboratories and a few bigger ones. The drug is also exported to other parts of Europe and Canada.
  • Sweden, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Finland reported Meth and amphetamine as making up 20% and 60% of those looking for substance abuse medication.
  • In Southeast Asia, the most popular kind of Meth is a little pill. In the Philippines, it’s called ‘Shabu’ and in Thailand ‘Yaba.’

With these shocking facts, we all need to do something about it, to help each other out, and make the world a better place for us all.