Meth or methamphetamine is a psycho stimulant and sympathomimetic material. In layman’s terms, it is a drug that gets an individual high, specifically resulting in euphoria and excitement, and is consequently prone to misuse and dependence.
Unlike marijuana, cocaine and heroine, meth – also called ‘crank,’ ‘ice,’ ‘snappy,’ ‘crystal,’ ‘tina, ” ‘glass’ and ‘P’ from the United States; ‘ ‘shabu’ from the Philippines; ‘ ‘tik’ in South Africa; ‘ ‘yaa baa’ in Thailand – is a purely synthetic stimulant. So how bad is this artificial drug?
‘(Meth) is the cancerous, addictive drug known to humanity,’ says Dr. Michael Abrams of Broad lawn Medical Center (Des Moines, Iowa), in which more patients have been admitted during the last year for misuse of drug induced psychosis than for alcoholism. ‘The body has enzymes that break down cocaine,’ he explained, ‘although not with methamphetamine.’
Meth is derived from amphetamine, which was first synthesized in 1887 in Germany. It had been, for quite a while, ‘a drug in search of a disorder,’ before it discovered its usage as treatment for depression and sinus congestion at the late 1920s.
In 1919, meth was synthesized in Japan, taking the form a crystalline powder soluble in water. These days, it’s created legally and marketed under the trade name Desoxyn at the United States.
Amphetamines were used in World War II to maintain soldiers fired up and ready, but they had been most widely used throughout the Vietnam War by US soldiers, surpassing the amphetamine intake by the rest of the world during WWII. Intravenous methamphetamine abuse reached epidemic proportions in Japan immediately following the war, even when supplies meant for military use became more available to the general public.
From the 1950s in America, college students, truck drivers, and athletes had been using legitimately manufactured tablets of both dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methamphetamine (Methedrine) that became readily available even for non-medical usage. This opened the floodgates to abuse which even the 1970 Controlled Substances Act was not sufficient to reverse the trend.