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Many of the ingredients of meth are deadly. Ask yourself these questions: Would you swallow a spoonful of drain cleaner? Does the thought of injecting brake fluid into your arm appeal to you? Care to top off your dessert with a bit of rat poison?
The above mentioned substances are just a few of the common ingredients in meth. One reason behind the explosive growth in the use of meth is the availability of the ingredients. Lithium, muriatic and sulfuric acids, ether, red phosphorus and lye - key ingredients in meth manufacturing - are all corrosive and will cause skin burns even when used properly.
When a person smokes meth, these ingredients are heated, vaporized and swirl throughout the user's mouth. They irritate and burn the sensitive skin inside the mouth, create sores and lead to infection. Chronic meth smokers have teeth rotted to the gum line from the continuous affect of the vapors on tooth enamel.Snorting Meth also causes chemical damage to teeth. Snorting draws the caustic substances down the nasal passages, draining in the back of the throat and bathing the teeth with corrosive substances. Injecting Meth has no direct impact on dental health, but as you will see, habitual use of the drug does have side effects that do lead to damage.
The prime ingredient in meth is ephedrine. Ephedrine is the main ingredient in cold tablets like Sudafed or Actifed. If a "cook", as manufacturers are called, cannot purchase ephedrine either legally or illegally, they will resort to buying or stealing large amounts of the cold tablets from stores that stock these products. Some cities in Southern California had passed laws limiting the number of boxes of cold tablets a customer can purchase. In addition, most stores will secure the boxes of cold tablets to prevent theft.
When users smoke, inject or snort meth, these are the most common ingredients they are sending to their brain, cardiovascular system and throughout their bodies:
Gasoline additives/Rubbing Alcohol
Ether (starting fluid)
Camp stove fuel
Rock, table or Epsom salt Red Phosphorous
Toluene (found in brake cleaner)
Red Devil Lye
Lithium from batteries
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GHB or gamma-hydroxybutyrate is produced naturally in the human body in miniscule amounts. When GHB taken as illegal drug for recreational use, the substance can be extremely dangerous. When it is combined with alcohol or other drugs, GHB use has the potential of causing life-threatening and sometimes fatal effects.
The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 indicating that smoking marijuana once a month was a great risk increased from 32.4 percent in 2002 to 34.9 percent in 2003, but did not change between 2003 and 2004 (35.0 percent). There were declines between 2003 and 2004 in the percentages of teens perceiving a great risk in using cocaine and heroin. Perceived risk of cigarette use increased between 2003 and 2004, but there was no change in the perceived risk of having four or five drinks of alcohol nearly every day or having five or more drinks once or twice a week.
Overcoming a drug addiction is difficult, but it is not impossible when an individual is able to have the support of the professional help at a quality drug rehab program. Support from family, friends and others who may have experienced a drug addiction in the past can also greatly help an individual in the drug recovery process.