According to the Drug Enforcement Administration a growing amount of the Meth provided to the region is manufactured in major production facilities in Mexico as well as through clandestine laboratories in the Central Valley of California.
To a lesser extent it’s also produced locally in extremely hazardous Meth labs. In these makeshift cook houses, the drug is made through a chemical process which can use a variety of highly toxic substances including lithium from batteries, sulfuric acid from drain cleaners, camping fuel, paint thinner and starter fluid to name a few.
The result is methamphetamine or Meth known by a variety of street names including crank, crystal, ice, chalk and quartz.
Meth can be introduced to the bloodstream through different ways including snorting, intake of pills, being smoked or through needles. It travels to the brain and creates an intense rush that can last many hours.
The rush is caused by a sharp increase in the amount of dopamine produced by the brain’s neurotransmitters. Dopamine is what creates the sensation of pleasure.
The pursuit of a quick fix comes at a tremendous cost. Over time, Meth begins to destroy the brain’s pleasure receptors, rapidly reducing the effect of the drug.
Worse yet, as these receptors shut down it becomes difficult for the Meth user to enjoy pleasure at all.
The result is depression, despair and a continual need to get high over and over again. At this point many Meth addicts report needing large doses of the drug just to feel “normal.”
The drug is now firmly in control.
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