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Crystal Meth: Why Many Get Hooked From the Start

A 21-year old man from Tshabalala in Bulawayo died after a suspected overdose of crystal meth. The drugs that have wreaked havoc among youth...

A 21-year old man from Tshabalala in Bulawayo died after a suspected overdose of crystal meth.

The drugs that have wreaked havoc among youths, bringing to fore how the drug menace has continued to destroy communities in the country.

The death of Themba Mwanza at Mpilo Central Hospital last Saturday has now stoked tensions in the suburb with some residents baying for the blood of suspected drug dealers, as more young people in the area are getting hooked on the highly addictive and the potentially deadly drug.

Mwanza died after he complained of stomach pains a day after he took the drugs.

According to post-mortem results, Mwanza died as a result of a drug overdose. His death has inflamed tensions in a community where there is a belief that drug dealers are peddling crystal meth to the young and vulnerable.

When Sunday News visited Tshabalala last week, members of Mwanza’s family, together with some community members, were preparing themselves for a raid on one of the drug dens where Mwanza is said to have bought the deadly concoction of intoxicants that eventually claimed his life.
Crystal meth: Why Many Get Hooked From the Start
A community meeting, on how to tackle the drug scourge, was scheduled for yesterday. Known scientifically as methamphetamine, crystal meth is a highly addictive stimulant used for its powerful euphoric effects.

The rock-like substance is usually decrystallised into a brown smoking smear, which is smoked using curved pipe made from fluorescent tubes from disused energy-saver light bulbs that are cleaned and sold to drug users.

Speaking to Sunday News, Mwanza’s uncle, Mr Godknows Ndlovu, said his nephew started complaining of stomach pains on Saturday afternoon.

What you should know

Crystal meth is the common name for crystal methamphetamine, a strong and highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. There is no legal use for it.

It comes in clear crystal chunks or shiny blue-white rocks. Also called “ice” or “glass,” it's a popular party drug. Usually, users smoke crystal meth with a small glass pipe, but they may also swallow it, snort it, or inject it into a vein. 

People say they have a quick rush of euphoria shortly after using it. But it's dangerous. It can damage your body and cause severe psychological problems.

Where does it come from?

Methamphetamine is a man-made stimulant that's been around for a long time. During World War II, soldiers were given meth to keep them awake. People have also taken the drug to lose weight and ease depression. 

Today, the only legal meth product is a tablet for treating obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It's rarely used and is available only by prescription. Find out the differences between Adderall and methamphetamines, as well as amphetamines vs. methamphetamines.

Crystal meth is made with the ingredient pseudoephedrine, which is found in many cold medicines. It helps ease congestion. Because it's used to make meth, the federal government closely regulates products with this ingredient.

Most of the crystal meth used in the US comes from Mexican “superlabs.” But there are many small labs in the U. S. Some are right in people's homes. Making meth is a dangerous process because of the chemicals involved. Along with being toxic, they can cause explosions.

How does it make you feel?

The powerful rush people get from using meth causes many to get hooked right from the start. When it's used, a chemical called dopamine floods the parts of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. Users also feel confident and energetic.

A user can become addicted quickly and soon finds they will do anything to have the rush again. As they continue to use the drug, they build up a tolerance. 

That means they need higher doses to get the same high. The higher the dose, the higher the risks.  - Sunday News/Online Sources 

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