Methamphetamine is one of the hardest drugs to quit. Its abuse is ravaging rural communities and cities alike. NGC correspondent Lisa Ling goes inside this global epidemic to find out what makes meth so addictive and destructive.
Meth Lab Explosion A devastating explosion in a meth lab sent this man to the hospital with severe burns, dooming him to a lifetime of medical care.
Crystal methamphetamine was first synthesized in 1919 by Akira Ogata
Wikipedia: Methamphetamine (pronounced /ˌmɛθæmˈfɛtəmiːn/ listen ), also known as metamfetamine (INN), dextromethamphetamine, methylamphetamine, N-methylamphetamine, desoxyephedrine, and colloquially as meth (not to be confused with methadone, sometimes referred to as "meth" by opioid users, or with mephedrone, sometimes referred to as "meph"), is a psychoactive stimulant (psychostimulant or psychoanaleptic) drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine chemical classes. It increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase libido. Methamphetamine has high potential for abuse and addiction by activating the psychological reward system via increasing levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. Methamphetamine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and exogenous obesity. Methamphetamine is marketed in the United States under the trademark name Desoxyn.
New York Times | October 22, 2011 D.E.A. Bans Chemicals Used in ‘Bath Salts’ By Elizabeth A. Harris
Three banned synthetic stimulants misleadingly labeled as “bath salts” found at head shops can be used as recreational drugs mimicking the effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine. Read on at NYTIMES.