Creating A Monster
In 1893, a chemist from Japan created a new kind of stimulant drug that we know as methamphetamine. Early on, it was prescribed as a way to treat sleeping disorders, respiratory issues, and even as a way to lose weight!
Meth was used to keep soldiers from falling asleep during World War II. Shortly after its distribution to troops, the production of meth spiked significantly even though it was illegal in the States.
With the production boom, it gave way for other chemists to try their hand at rearranging the composition of the original drug. This allowed for another Japanese chemist to modify the drug. Through his work and research, this chemist was able to crystallize methamphetamine, creating a more dangerous issue; crystal meth. In crystallized form, meth is easier to consumed and even easier to be abused.
Breaking It Down
Let us dive in a bit to what methamphetamine actually is. Meth is highly addictive (and incredibly illegal) drug. Meth acts as a stimulant. During the stimulation process, your senses are heightened and you feel euphoric. This feeling of euphoria is called a high. However, what goes up, must come down.
When the feeling of excitement and happiness is over, the body crashes hard. The methamphetamine begins to burn through the body, utilizing all of its properties. When it has made its way through your system, the body is left feeling extremely exhausted, ultimately destroying the body.
Meth is extremely addictive. As it courses through your body, it leaves behind a lasting impression of positive energy. Once the body crashes or shuts down, it will want to instantly reboot. This need to regain balance causes the body to have a strong dependency on the drug. This heightened dependency can cause a person to be hooked after trying the drug only once.
Running The Numbers
It should come to no surprise that meth is a deadly drug. Forcing the user to develop an addiction early on, keeps the user from being able to kick the habit. This almost always leads to death. As of 2016, there have been a reported number of 794 deaths relating to opioid overdose.
While we can’t be certain that these are linked directly to meth, we can assume a large percentage may be. The selling of meth is a $13 billion market, and with a booming industry, the street price of meth decreases. Having such a dip in meth costs, allows more people to have greater access to the drug. Greater access means more deaths.