Crystal Methamphetamine

by Atai Taylor
(New York)

What is the origin and original purpose of this drug?


The following is the latest information from Addiction Search:

Crystal Meth, which is short for methamphetamine in its crystallized form (as opposed a powder or rock), has become a very popular drug both in the United States and around the world. This drug, which was used almost three times more than crack cocaine in 1999, has been used for close to 100yrs.

In the 1950s methamphetamine became a more commonly prescribed drug prescribed for: Narcolepsy, Alcoholism, Treatment of obesity & Post encephalitic Parkinsonism

By the 1960s there was a significant use of illegally manufactured methamphetamines, since Crystal meth is made from household chemicals and common products found in local hardware stores.

In the 1980’s use of methamphetamine peaked. San Diego, California was considered the methamphetmine capital of the North America by The Economist magazine.

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