Drugs have been used for both medical and recreational purposes for thousands of years. In this day and age, there are hundred of different drugs with varying cost, side effects, potencies, addiction rates, and popularities. Currently one of the most popular drugs on the market is a central nervous system stimulant called methamphetamine. The drug has many aliases including meth, crystal, krank, ice, ya ba, and tina. Some even call it the world’s most dangerous drug. Methamphetamine is considered highly addictive and incredibly toxic but still the popularity of the drug rises with over 13 million users of the meth in the United States alone (Ling). Even with powerful anti-meth propaganda being used to show the dangers to young children the drugs usage continues to escalate (Roll). Many wonder why this extreme drug use goes on when so many lives are being ruined every day by meth and the answer can be uncovered if you look at elements such as the addictive properties, cheap cost, availability, and the effectiveness/ side effects of the drug.
Methamphetamine is known to be one of the most addictive substances and becoming reliant on the drug can send one’s life into a downward spiral very quickly. Addiction can directly be defined as “a compulsive pattern of drug-seeking and drug-taking behavior that takes place at the expense of most other activities. (Robinson)” Around 92% of methamphetamine users relapse after trying to halt their use of the drug. This is a ridiculously high percentage for any substance let-alone one that can cause the degree of harm that methamphetamine can produce(Ling). The addictiveness of a drug relies on the drug’s ability to cause a user to create a tolerance, build withdrawal symptoms, and have psychological cravings. Methamphetamine can be taken in pretty much any different form including as a pill, snorted, smoked, or injected by needle directly into the blood stream. Through the combination of this and the immediate rush and energy boost received it is perceivable that one would find themselves in bliss when on the drug. The addiction to the drug can also be attributed to simply how concentrated the effects are. It is quite common for one to become addicted to Methamphetamine upon first use of the drug, which is not normal when compared to other drugs like marijuana, alcohol, or nicotine(McPherson, 12). One quote from a user about meth goes as such:
“I started using crystal meth when I was a senior in high school. Before my first semester of college was up, meth became such a big problem that I had to drop out. I looked like I had chicken pox, from hours of staring at myself in the mirror and picking at myself. I spent all my time either doing meth, or trying to get it.” (“What is Methamphetamine?”)
Methamphetamine taking over and consuming a user’s life is too common of a notion among abusers of the drug. Many find themselves unemployed, homeless, in jail, or even dead after beginning use of...