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Ingredients for Meth Via Shake and Bake Method

2 2-liter bottles (Clean & dry, with lid)
1 1-liter bottle (Clean & dry, with lid)
1 20oz bottle (Clean & dry, with lid)
Approx 18" aquarium tubing
Needle-nosed pliers
Small pipecutter (Or snips)
Measuring cups (1/3 and 1 cup size)
Small tupperware container with lid
Utility knife or razorblade
Coffee filters
1. 1/3 cup Ammonium Nitrate (Get by cutting open cold packs. It's the little white balls. Be careful what you buy, some cold packs are ammonium nitrate-free.
2. 1/2 cup 100% Lye (aka Sodium Hydroxide. Available at hardware stores in the drain cleaner section. - Drano Crystals, or any other powdered lye works)
3. 3 cups Coleman Camp Fuel (Engine starting fluid [diethyl ether], or VM&P naphtha can also be used)
4. 3x Lithium strips (Get by cutting open Energizer AA Lithium batteries - This YOUTUBE tutorial video shows EXACTLY how to get your Lithium strips)
5. 100ml NP solvent of your choice (Xylene or MEK is recommended - easily found at your local hardware store in the paint section)
6. 3-4 boxes 120mg 12-hour pseudoephedrine HCl (PSE). The highest count you can find. (Sudafed or a generic equivalent. MAKE SURE PSE IS THE ONLY ACTIVE INGREDIENT.)
7. about 1/3 cup iodized salt 8. 4 capfuls sulfuric acid (Available as liquid drain cleaner.) OR muriatic acid (Also sold at hardware stores)
9. Denatured alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol
10. 1/8 cup of distilled water (Poland Spring or any bottled water can also be used)
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How to make meth Via Shake and Bake Method

1. Take the 20oz lid and cut a hole in it big enough to fit the aquarium tubing. It should be snug.

2. Cut one of the 2-liters in half. Discard the top.

3. Crush the pills into a fine powder. Use a coffee grinder, blender, or if worse comes to worse, hand crush them with a pair of pliers or something. Put the powder into a baggie. The beauty of "shake n bake" is you don't have to clean your pills to extract PSE. Just crush and toss in!
4. Measure out and crush the ammonium nitrate (optional). If it is dry enough, go ahead and crush it. Not important that you do this, though. It helps ensure

even cooking, but is not imperative. Put it in a baggie.

5. Measure out the lye. Be careful not to touch this stuff. It eats anything organic (YOU) and also reacts with metal. Put in a baggie.

6. Measure out the Coleman fuel or Naphtha. Put it into the 1-liter.

7. Cut open the batteries. You must do this quickly because lithium reacts with moisture in air and will become hot, possibly catching fire if it is very humid outside. Use the pipecutter to cut the outer housing of the battery. Use the needle nosed pliers to peel down the housing to expose the strip. There will be a black strip in between 2 pieces of paper. This is the one you want. BE CAREFUL. LITHIUM STRIPS MAKE A SPARK WHEN THEY COME INTO CONTACT WITH METAL.

DO NOT TOUCH THE STRIP WITH YOUR BARE HANDS IF YOU CAN AVOID IT. DO NOT GET IT WET!!!!! Once you get the strip out of the battery, it can be stored in denatured alcohol, and will no longer react with air as long as it is capped. Lithium strips burn VIOLENTLY when they come into contact with water. Be CAREFUL!!

Go time

1. Pour the ammonium nitrate into the 2-liter bottle (the one you didnt cut in half).
2. Add pills. Shake up to mix them together.
3. Add your 100ml Xylene or MEK solvent

At this point, you will see the ingredients starting to react, it will produce bubbles in the bottom.
4. Add the lithium strips. Take them out of the denatured alcohol, tear them into smaller pieces, and add them to the mixture.
5. Add your lye MAKING SURE to cover your Lithium strips.
6. Add the 1/4 cup of water. The water kicks off the reaction, but YOU MUST GET THE CAP ON IMMEDIATELY AFTER ADDING THE WATER. Remember Lithium reacts intensely with water and is potentially dangerous. The lithium-water reaction at normal temperatures is brisk but not violent, though the hydrogen produced can ignite. Do not add the water if your Lithium has not been buried and is UNDER YOUR LYE.
7. Add the Coleman fuel or Naphtha to this mixture.

The mixture will be rolling now (it will look like it's boiling real hard). NOW THIS IS THE TRICKY AND MOST IMPORTANT PART: The reaction builds up necessary pressure inside the bottle, don't worry - you will need to let this react WITH THE CAP ON for at least 2 minutes. Let the Lithium do it's thing for a full 120 seconds. Venting or releasing pressure within the first 2-3 minutes will greatly affect your final yield. After 2 or 3 minutes you will see the Lithium starting to get smaller, shriveling up into small Bronze foil looking balls with holes throughout. This is when you MUST VENT by slightly unscrewing the cap to release the gas.


You can gently swirl (not shake!) the bottle side-to-side if you want, you don't have to. Swirling can only help the reaction.

Be careful! The gas coming out of the bottle is straight ammonia. Do not breathe it and keep it away from your eyes. AVOID KEEPING THE CAP OFF OR VENTING THE BOTTLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

You may have to add more lye throughout the process to keep the mixture rolling. Once every 20 mins or so. You may not have to, though. If you do, add about half of the amount as in the beginning, and do it quickly.

For at least 45 minutes keep venting and swirling the mixture until it stops rolling and you have hard whitish balls (called bones) in the bottom of the bottle. This is a signal that the reaction is over. Let the contents react until you notice the whitish balls - sometimes will take 1-2 hours. Put a cotton ball in the funnel hole and 2 coffee filters over and filter the liquid into the 2-liter (the one you cut in half). Dispose of the trash accordingly. Use caution, the bottle and trash are noticeable waste items. Try to dispose of it in different locations. The trash can still be fingerprinted. USE YOUR HEAD.

Gassing the liquid

Now that the dangerous part is over, on to the DOPE!

All ready smelling success? wait and see.

***This is a smelly and violent process so you should do it outside if possible.***

*WARNING *HCl GAS IS NASTY STUFF AND WILL RUST ANYTHING IN SIGHT! Make sure your tubing is completely airtight because you do not want leaks!***

Take the 20oz bottle and put about 1/3 cup salt in it. Add 4 capfuls of sulfuric acid (or muriatic acid) and put on the lid you made with the aquarium tubing. Make sure it's tight. This is your gassing gizmo. Put the end of the hose just under the surface of the liquid and squeeze the gas into it. You will see the meth dropping or "snowing" to the bottom of the liquid. Such a beautiful sight. Pull out the hose and let the 20oz fill back up with gas again.

Repeat this until the meth stops dropping as much. Filter the powder out of the liquid. This process is known as a 'pull'. After the dope is filtered, you can do up to 3 more pulls from the same liquid. Usually the second pull is the best (most product, highest quality). You will have to re-mix the salt and sulfuric acid in the 20oz using fresh ingredients, because it won't last long. Make sure not to suck up any of the liquid into the 20oz, or you will have to make a new one. The gas inside the 20oz is a bad little dude itself, so use a twist tie or a rubber band to keep the tube closed (fold it in half and tie it).

That's it. Let the meth dry on the filters, scrape it off, and voila. You can even use the filters in drinks to get high. The highest the dinosaur's ever been is off filters.

Note: Rinsing your meth with DRY ACETONE (dry your acetone by baking Epsom Salts at 400f for 4 hours, pour the baked epsom salts into your acetone container and let sit overnight) If your meth burns leaving residue in your pipe and tastes nasty, a dual solvent recrystallization is highly recommended.

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Meth Overview- What is Meth

Meth Overview

What is Meth?

Methamphetamine, generally called "speed," "crystal," "crank," "ice," or "tina," ("shabu" in the Philippines and "yaba" in Thailand) is a potent psycho-stimulant that can be swallowed in pill format orally or delivered via intranasal, injection, or smoking routes of administration

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How Meth Destorys the Body

Meth and the brain
Meth releases a surge of dopamine, causing an intense rush of pleasure or prolonged sense of euphoria.
Over time, meth destroys dopamine receptors, making it impossible to feel pleasure.
Although these pleasure centers can heal over time, research suggests that damage to users' cognitive abilities may be permanent.
Chronic abuse can lead to psychotic behavior, including paranoia, insomnia, anxiety, extreme aggression, delusions and hallucinations, and even death.

For example, in lab experiments done on animals, sex causes dopamine levels to jump from 100 to 200 units, and cocaine causes them to spike to 350 units. "[With] methamphetamine you get a release from the base level to about 1,250 units, something that's about 12 times as much of a release of dopamine as you get from food and sex and other pleasurable activities," Rawson says. "This really doesn't occur from any normally rewarding activity. That's one of the reasons why people, when they take methamphetamine, report having this euphoric [feeling] that's unlike anything they've ever experienced." Then, when the drug wears off, users experience profound depression and feel the need to keep taking the drug to avoid the crash.

In addition, stimulants such as meth cause tremendous bursts of physical activity while suppressing the appetite, an attractive combination for many people who began using meth to lose weight. But while contemporary culture may idealize slim figures, heavy meth users often become gaunt and frail. Their day- or week-long meth "runs" are usually accompanied by tooth-grinding, poor diet, and bad hygiene, which lead to mouths full of broken, stained and rotting teeth.

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Before and after drugs ( Meth) The horrors of Methamphetamine Infrographic

Crystal Meth Abuse and Dependency: An Overview

The crystalline form of methamphetamine, often referred to as "crystal", "ice", "crank" or simply "meth", is a powerfully addictive man-made drug which is typically snorted, injected or swallowed. It is a powerful stimulant, causes a high that can last up to 12 hours, and has appetite suppressing properties that have made it appealing, particularly among women. Severe physiological and psychological addiction invariably take hold at this point. Because of the process by which this form of methamphetamine is manufactured, crystal meth is full of harsh chemicals, impurities and additives that make the drug especially dangerous

History Of Meth

History of Meth
Immediately following World War II, meth was extensively used to reduce fatigue and suppress appetite. Following the war era, meth tablets, referred to as "work pills," were widely used in Japan.
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Meth Overview- Effects of Meth

Effects of Meth
Immediate physiological changes associated with the use of meth are similar to those produced by the fight-or-flight response and include increased blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate. Negative side effects include high body temperature, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia, stomach cramps, and shaking, as well as increased anxiety, insomnia, aggressive tendencies, paranoia, and hallucinations.

Prolonged use of meth may result in a tolerance for the drug and increased use at higher dosage levels, creating dependence. Such continual use of the drug, with little or no sleep, leads to an extremely irritable and paranoid state. Discontinuing use of meth often results in a state of depression, as well as fatigue, anergia, and some types of cognitive impairment that last anywhere from two days to several months.
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Mexican Meth

The Growth of Mexican 'Ice' Meth

"Ice" is a crystallized form of meth also known as crystal. It is produced in relatively larger quantities in so-called "superlabs." Most are based in Mexico; they ship drugs to the United States by UPS, FEDEX and Greyhound bus, as well as in cars and trucks with secret compartments.
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Traditional Meth Suppliers in America

The suppliers of methamphetamine in the United States traditionally have been outlaw motorcycle gangs and numerous other independent trafficking groups.

Production and Trafficking
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Major Methamphetamine trafficking organizations

The extensive involvement of polydrug trafficking organizations from Mexico in methamphetamine production and distribution has redefined the methamphetamine problem in the United States. There are several reasons why organized crime groups operating from Mexico have been able to achieve dominance of the methamphetamine market: these organizations established access to wholesale ephedrine sources of supply on the international market; these organizations are producing unprecedented quantities of high-purity methamphetamine on a regular basis; and, these polydrug organizations control well-established cocaine, heroin, and marijuana distribution networks throughout the western United States, enabling them to supply methamphetamine to a large retail-level market. Presently, these organizations are poised to supply methamphetamine to the rest of the country in response to any increases in demand.

Production and Trafficking
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Arellano-Felix organization

The ARELLANO-Felix organization, the most violent of the gangs from Mexico, supplies methamphetamine to distributors in U.S. cities such as San Ysidro and San Diego, routinely employing gang members from Mexico to act as U.S. distributors. They operate on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border and smuggle between 50 and 100 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States monthly.

Production and Trafficking
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The Amado Carillo-Fuentes organization

The Amado CARRILLO-Fuentes organization is currently the most powerful drug group in Mexico and operates from Hermosillo in the west across the border to Arizona and from Juarez into Texas. A seizure in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 1995 of 315 kilograms of methamphetamine was tied to the CARRILLO-Fuentes organization. At least parts of this shipment were destined for Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Georgia. The methamphetamine was analyzed at 98 percent pure and had an estimated street value of over $50 million. This organization also is tied to a 3 metric ton shipment of ephedrine destined for Nicaragua in concert with the AMEZCUA organization. The CARRILLO-Fuentes organization provides large quantities of methamphetamine to the Phoenix, Arizona, area through the Jorge ORTIZ-Caro organization, which operates in Sonora, Mexico, as well as Phoenix. The ORTIZ-Caro organization has been identified as a methamphetamine source of supply for organizations based in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. ORTIZ-Caro reportedly is a supplier of methamphetamine to associates and members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang in Phoenix.
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The Amezcua- Contreras organization

The AMEZCUA-Contreras organization has been identified as the largest known importer of ephedrine into Mexico and across the U.S. border. Since September, 1992, in excess of 5 tons of ephedrine ordered by Jesus and his brother, Luis AMEZCUA, have been seized. These brothers have been documented since 1988 as trafficking in cocaine and methamphetamine in both the San Diego and the Los Angeles areas. This organization operates primarily out of Guadalajara, but, through agreements with other Mexican gangs, has extended its trafficking operations all along the border. It controls methamphetamine laboratories in Guadalajara and Tijuana and employs associates across the border in ephedrine and methamphetamine trafficking, especially in Southern California. Luis was indicted in the Central District of California in December 1994 for methamphetamine-related violations. Jesus was indicted in the Southern District of California in February 1993 for cocaine-related violations in a joint DEA/FBI investigation. Although indictments and arrest warrants have been issued for both individuals, investigations continue to indicate that they and their organization remain deeply involved in methamphetamine trafficking from Mexico to the United States.

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The Caro-Quintero organization

The CARO-Quintero organization, a major transporter of cocaine and marijuana, has expanded to methamphetamine trafficking and may be aligning with the ARELLANO-Felix organization. This organization operates from Hermosillo, Agua Prieta, Guadalajara, and Culiacan as well as the Mexican states of San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, and Sonora. Its smuggling routes extend into California, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada and it is responsible for trafficking hundred-pound quantities through Arizona ports of entry.

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Regional Trafficking Trends- North East


In general, most methamphetamine is transported into the Northeast from outside suppliers, distribution remains in the hands of traditional outlaw motorcycle gangs, such as the Hell's Angels, and the user population has remained stable. Nevertheless, there are slight indications of an emerging group of younger, independent entrepreneurs distributing methamphetamine. A handful of recent investigations, for instance, have demonstrated local distributors' connections to California- and Mexico-based methamphetamine suppliers.

The region's current methamphetamine problem pales in comparison to that experienced in other regions of the country. Some production spilled over into New Jersey, where six laboratories were seized in 1995. But, overall, the New Jersey-New York area has remained relatively untouched by methamphetamine trafficking. Case statistics from New York for 1995 typify the limited scope of the problem in the region: of the over 3,000 cases initiated by DEA's New York Field Division, only 25 involved methamphetamine; the New York State Police had only 15 methamphetamine-related cases during the year, all stemming from motor vehicle stops; and of the over 45,000 drug-related arrests made by the New York City Police Department, only 5 involved methamphetamine. Methamphetamine trafficking in the Boston area still is controlled by outlaw motorcycle gangs, but availability is limited.

Despite limited methamphetamine trafficking and production in the Northeast, the large number of chemical companies in the region makes it difficult for law enforcement to deny methamphetamine manufacturers access to precursor chemicals.

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Regional Trafficking Trends- South East


Methamphetamine availability has increased significantly throughout the Southeast over the last 2 years. Law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee all reported increases in methamphetamine seizures and case initiations. The Arkansas State Police, for example, reported that methamphetamine-related cases rose from 543 in 1988 to over 2,000 in 1995. In Atlanta, methamphetamine has been transformed from "poor man's cocaine" to the drug of choice in upscale nightclubs. It is more profitable for sellers than cocaine.

Methamphetamine supplied from the West Coast has surpassed local production as the leading source for regional distribution. Florida law enforcement officials indicate that the current methamphetamine problem is fueled by Mexican trafficking groups that engage California-based suppliers and exploit existing marijuana distribution channels. Florida officials, who have witnessed a decline in clandestine methamphetamine laboratories since 1992, anticipate an increase in clandestine manufacture activity as drug trafficking organizations from Mexico become further entrenched in regional methamphetamine distribution. In Atlanta and other regional cities, Mexican drug trafficking organizations are using established cocaine distribution networks to move methamphetamine. Traffickers most commonly transport methamphetamine by vehicle along interstate highways. In addition, couriers traveling on commercial airlines are used to smuggle the drug from the West Coast, particularly into Florida where couriers using rail services also are being encountered.

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Regional Trafficking Trends- Midwest

Areas of the upper Midwest have been hard hit by the spiraling growth of methamphetamine trafficking and use. In Iowa, methamphetamine is cited as a contributing factor in an estimated 80 percent of domestic violence cases, and as a major reason behind violent crime. The user population consists primarily of young white adults from lower-middle income families. Many start by snorting methamphetamine and progress to injecting. In one year, from 1993 to 1994, methamphetamine seizures rose 4,000 percent in the city of Des Moines. Methamphetamine cases now account for 80 percent of the police department's drug investigations. Most of the methamphetamine available in the upper Midwest is trafficked by Mexican-controlled criminal organizations - connected to sources of supply in California and Mexico - that are based in smaller Midwestern cities with existing Mexican-American populations. Smuggling routes into the region incorporate a variety of transportation means, but the profit is a constant: a pound of methamphetamine purchased in California for $5,000 sells for as much as $16,000 in Iowa.

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Mexican Meth in the US.

Although Mexican meth is not new to the U.S. drug trade, it now accounts for as much as 80 percent of the meth sold here, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. And it is as much as 90 percent pure, a level that offers users a faster, more intense and longer-lasting high.

Mexico Drug Cartels Flood Cheap Meth Into US.
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By Jim Salter

Mexican Meth transport

The cartels are expanding into the U.S. meth market just as they did with heroin: developing an inexpensive, highly addictive form of the drug and sending it through the same pipeline already used to funnel marijuana and cocaine, authorities said.

Mexico Drug Cartels Flood Cheap Meth Into US.
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Mexican meth seizures

Seizures of meth along the Southwest border have more than quadrupled during the last several years. DEA records reviewed by The Associated Press show that the amount of seized meth jumped from slightly more than 4,000 pounds in 2007 to more than 16,000 pounds in 2011.

Mexico Drug Cartels Flood Cheap Meth Into US.
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The Worlds Most Dangerous Drug

Meth has been called the world's most dangerous drug and many U.S. cities, particularly across the Midwest, now consider it the most serious drug problem they face. In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) released findings concluding that some 1.2 million Americans over the age of twelve had abused methamphetamine in the last 12-month period. A year later, a report published by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicated some 13 million people were thought to have abused methamphetamine during their lives.

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Why is Meth so attractive

What makes methamphetamine such an attractive high? Meth users report that after taking the drug they experience a sudden "rush" of pleasure or a prolonged sense of euphoria, as well as increased energy, focus, confidence, sexual prowess and feelings of desirability. However, after that first try, users require more and more of the drug to get that feeling again, and maintain it. With repeated use, methamphetamine exacts a toll on the mind and body, robbing users of their physical health and cognitive abilities, their libido and good looks, and their ability to experience pleasure. Here's how the body reacts to meth and the consequences of long-term abuse
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How meth compares to cocaine

For example, in lab experiments done on animals, sex causes dopamine levels to jump from 100 to 200 units, and cocaine causes them to spike to 350 units. "[With] methamphetamine you get a release from the base level to about 1,250 units, something that's about 12 times as much of a release of dopamine as you get from food and sex and other pleasurable activities," Rawson says. "This really doesn't occur from any normally rewarding activity. That's one of the reasons why people, when they take methamphetamine, report having this euphoric [feeling] that's unlike anything they've ever experienced." Then, when the drug wears off, users experience profound depression and feel the need to keep taking the drug to avoid the crash.
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VISIBLE SIGNS of meth abuse

Meth abuse causes the destruction of tissues and blood vessels, inhibiting the body's ability to repair itself.
Acne appears, sores take longer to heal, and the skin loses its luster and elasticity, making the user appear years, even decades older.
Poor diet, tooth grinding and oral hygiene results in tooth decay and loss.
One of the most striking effects of meth is the change in the physical appearance of meth users. Because meth causes the blood vessels to constrict, it cuts off the steady flow of blood to all parts of the body. Heavy usage can weaken and destroy these vessels, causing tissues to become prone to damage and inhibiting the body's ability to repair itself. Acne appears, sores take longer to heal, and the skin loses its luster and elasticity. Some users are covered in small sores, the result of obsessive skin-picking brought on by the hallucination of having bugs crawling beneath the skin, a disorder known as formication.
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Why people try meth

"There [are] a whole variety of reasons to try methamphetamine," explains Dr. Richard Rawson, associate director of UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. "[H]owever, once they take the drug ... their reasons are pretty much the same: They like how it affects their brain[s]." Meth users have described this feeling as a sudden rush of pleasure lasting for several minutes, followed by a euphoric high that lasts between six and 12 hours, and it is the result of drug causing the brain to release excessive amounts of the chemical dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls pleasure. All drugs of abuse cause the release of dopamine, even alcohol and nicotine, explains Rawson, "[But] methamphetamine produces the mother of all dopamine releases."
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How does meth make you feel

While a meth high makes users feel more confident, attractive, and desirable, the drug is actually working to make them unattractive. "Some people I have in here over a hundred times, and I can look over a 10, 15, 20-year period and see how they've deteriorated, how they've changed." says Deputy Brett King, from Oregon's Multnomah County Sheriff's Department. "Some were quite attractive when they began to come to jail: young people who were full of the health and had everything going for them ... and now they're a shell of what they once were." Curious about this particular effect of the drug, King began collecting mug shots of individuals who had been booked repeatedly with meth in their blood. One of the faces that made a particular impression on him was that of Theresa Baxter: "She came in, and she was quite visibly intoxicated by methamphetamine. She looked horrible. She looked at least 20 years older than she was. Her teeth were missing, and I looked back in her history, and at one time she was a fairly attractive young woman."
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What does meth do to the brains chemistry

When addicts use meth over and over again, the drug actually changes their brain chemistry, destroying the wiring in the brain's pleasure centers and making it increasingly impossible to experience any pleasure at all. Although studies have shown that these tissues can regrow over time, the process can take years, and the repair may never be complete. A paper published by Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, examines brain scans of several meth abusers who, after 14 months of abstinence from the drug, have regrown most of their damaged dopamine receptors; however, they showed no improvement in the cognitive abilities damaged by the drug. After more than a year's sobriety, these former meth users still showed severe impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination, similar to symptoms seen in individuals suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
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What do the changes in brain chemistry caused by meth cause

In addition to affecting cognitive abilities, these changes in brain chemistry can lead to disturbing, even violent behavior. Meth, like all stimulants, causes the brain to release high doses of adrenaline, the body's "fight or flight" mechanism, inducing anxiety, wakefulness and intensely focused attention, called "tweaking." When users are tweaking, they exhibit hyperactive and obsessive behavior, as journalist Thea Singer's sister Candy did on her meth binges. "When she was high, which was almost always, she had to be on the computer -- diddling with programs to make them run faster, ordering freebies on the Internet," writes Singer. "Then computers faded, and she was obsessed with diving into dumpsters -- rescuing audio equipment from behind Radio Shack, pens from behind Office Depot." Heavy, chronic usage can also prompt psychotic behavior, such as paranoia, aggression, hallucinations and delusions. Some users have been known to feel insects crawling beneath their skin. "He picks and picks and picks at himself, like there are bugs inside his face," the mother of one meth addict told The Spokesman-Review. "He tears his clothes off and ties them around his head." The same article told the story of another former addict, who, even after five years of sobriety, can't go to the bathroom without propping a space heater against the door, in case someone is after him.
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Symptoms and Signs of a Meth Addict

During methamphetamine use, a person's pupils become dilated, their heart rate increases and they may show signs of physical exertion (such as sweatiness and elevated body temperature). They may seem particularly agitated, nervous or frustrated. Because it is a strong stimulant, users will often go for long periods - possibly even days at a time - without sleep and a diminished appetite. Over long periods of addiction, the harsh chemicals in the drug cause oral deterioration, often termed "meth mouth", and skin health also suffers as increased acne and sores from skin-picking begin to appear.
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Short Term Effects of Crystal Methamphetamine Addiction

Increased heart rate and blood pressure, Irregular heartbeat and cardiovascular problems,Insomnia, Intense irritability, Anxiety, Paranoia, Convulsions, Possibility of stroke
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The long term effects of crystal meth

Delusions, Auditory hallucinations, Violent behavior, Homicidal or suicidal thoughts
Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment: Detox, Rehab, Aftercare and Long Term Recovery

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The Process of treating meth addiction

The process of treating meth addiction is similar to other serious drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or alcohol. A patient will generally start with a course of detoxification to flush any traces of meth from the body over the course of a few days. The damage the drug has done to the body can take much longer, however, depending on addiction severity. After detox, a course of inpatient or intensive outpatient rehab should follow. With a higher than average possibility of relapse, residential crystal meth treatment is often recommended for crystal meth abuse over outpatient services to ensure treatment is highly regimented and properly administered. 60 to 90 days of long term therapy is typically recommended. After finishing rehab, a patient will want to build their relapse prevention skills, which is why 12-step aftercare programs should be considered by recovering addicts. Recovery is a life-long process but one that can be achieved with the proper help, support system and determination.
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Affects of meth on the face and or body

Acne appears or worsens. Obsessive skin-picking often causes meth users` faces to be covered in small sores and scarring - the result of a common sensory hallucination of bugs crawling beneath the skin. Meth, like other stimulants, suppresses appetite and can lead to undernourishment due to long periods without eating. Addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and personal finances. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons. No one is immune to the frightening long-term impact of hard drug abuse. What follows is a sobering depiction of REAL individuals who`ve fallen victim to the temptation of drug use - in this case, Methamphetamine - whose devastating effects are all too apparent.
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Meth Mouth

Over time, the body begins consuming muscle tissue and facial fat, giving users a gaunt, hollowed-out appearance. "Meth Mouth" is caused by several factors; tooth enamel is dissolved by the harsh chemicals of the drug, the blood vessels contained in healthy gums and teeth shrink, increasing the rate of decay, the production of saliva diminishes, allowing harmful acids to further damage the mouth, cravings for sugary foods increases with meth use, oral hygiene is typically neglected while high, and heavy tooth-grinding is an additional side effect of the drug. The combination of skin issues, facial fat and muscle loss, hygiene neglect and increased oral decay lead to the appearance of exaggerated aging, sometimes shockingly so.
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Philadelphia Meth Situation

Only in the Philadelphia area has methamphetamine surfaced as a serious concern. Four groups have been identified as active in its manufacture (primarily using the P2P method) and distribution: traditional organized crime groups operating in southern New Jersey as well as Philadelphia; Afro-American criminal gangs; outlaw motorcycle gangs, namely the Pagans, Breed, and Warlocks; and independent operators.
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Meth Administration

Although meth has historically been used via intranasal route of administration, in the past decade, smoking meth has become the dominant route of administration, although in some geographic regions over 50% of users inject the drug. The timing and intensity of the "rush" that accompanies the use of meth, which is a result of the release of high levels of dopamine into the brain, depends in part on the method of administration. Specifically, the effect is almost instantaneous when smoked or injected, while it takes approximately 5 minutes after snorting or 20 minutes after oral ingestion.
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Mexican meth control over the United States

While they continue to produce methamphetamine and control a share of the market, methamphetamine smuggling into the United States from Mexico is controlled primarily by the same major organizations that dominate the production/trafficking of other illicit drugs from Mexico into the United States. These groups are composed of combinations of Mexican nationals residing in Mexico and the United States, Mexican-Americans who operate on either side of the border, and illegal aliens residing in the United States. Often, these organizations are directed by well-established families that have been involved in smuggling contraband for decades. They produce and/or transport large quantities of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana into the United States on a daily basis. They regularly demonstrate their flexibility and adaptability, modifying smuggling routes and methods as needed to handle virtually any drug. Currently, the younger generation within some of these families has expanded into methamphetamine trafficking.
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and DEA publications

Missouri Meth situation

Methamphetamine is also a leading drug of abuse in Missouri. Local clandestine manufacture furnishes most of the supply, and it is supplemented by California-based sources. Law enforcement agencies regularly seize clandestine methamphetamine laboratories throughout Missouri, where, without exception, they encounter caches of weapons.
Courtesy of FAS.ORG and DEA publications

Clandestine meth production

In contrast to the general regional trend toward reliance on outside suppliers, clandestine methamphetamine production continues in Arkansas, south Alabama, and sections of Tennessee. Manufacturers in these areas tend to be rural, low-income whites. In Alabama, white supremacists are active in methamphetamine production, while in Tennessee some third generation bootleggers have taken to methamphetamine production as their grandfathers took to moonshining and their fathers took to the marijuana trade.
Courtesy of FAS.ORG and DEA publications

Regional Meth production groups

Regional groups involved in methamphetamine production are increasingly violent, well-armed, and knowledgeable about explosives.
Courtesy of FAS.ORG and DEA publications

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