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What Does Meth Look Like?

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Meth (methamphetamine) can be found in a few different forms. One form is a white, brown, pink, or yellow-gray crystalline powder. The other form is a translucent or whitish rock that resembles ice, known as crystal meth. Much less often, though, the drug is sold in pill form or as a gooey or waxy oil known as meth base.

Regardless of its form or method of administration, meth delivers an energetic and intense high. It can also cause dangerous side effects, including rapid or irregular heartbeat, high body temperature, convulsions, and occasionally death. People who use meth regularly can rapidly develop an addiction.

As meth is usually whitish or translucent, but can also appear in a variety of colors depending on how it is cooked and what other substances are combined with it. Meth makers have sometimes been known to add food coloring or dye to batches of meth to help sell their product.

For example, in the past, makers would add blue coloring to the drug (e.g., “smurf” meth) in an attempt to simulate the “pure” blue meth produced by the fictional character Walter White in the acclaimed AMC television series “Breaking Bad.” However, this was done in the show for dramatic purposes, and pure meth is colorless in appearance, not blue.

Powdered Meth

Crystalline powder meth is a common form that is typically snorted but can also be diluted and injected. Some people have opted to mix meth with a liquid and consume it orally. Powdered meth may resemble cocaine or chalk dust, depending on its consistency. As noted, while the powder is usually whitish, it can also appear in a variety of other shades.

The processes and ingredients used to manufacture the meth can affect its color. For example, cooking meth using red pseudoephedrine tablets can give the powder a reddish or pinkish hue. Conversely, meth produced with a gun scrubber, a gun cleaning product sold in sporting goods stores, can result in green color. Solvents such as fuel used for camping stoves can cause meth to have a bluish tint.

Crystal Meth

Meth in a powdered form can be transformed into crystal meth, which is a more powerful form that looks like shiny fragments of glass, ice, quartz, or rock salt. Crystal meth is produced by dissolving the powder in a solvent, such as alcohol or acetone.

As the solution evaporates, clear, chunky translucent or white crystals form around the edge of the mixing apparatus. This form of meth is usually smoked or injected. It induces a longer-lasting high than powdered meth, as well as more intense effects.

Small doses of crystal meth will inevitably increase a person’s energy levels and suppress appetite. But using unusually large amounts regularly can lead to severe psychological issues, such as paranoia, hallucinations, aggression, and rage. Other outward signs and symptoms of meth use include noticeable weight loss, tooth decay, sores, and frequent scratching.

Meth Tablets

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Meth is occasionally sold as a small, green, or reddish-orange colored pill known as “Yaba” that contains a combination of caffeine and around 30% methamphetamine. Although people usually consume a Yaba pill orally, it can also be melted, and the vapor inhaled. It can also be crushed and snorted, or combined with solvents and injected.

The word “yaba” means “crazy medicine” in Thai, and the drug is most commonly found in East and Southeast Asia, but according to the Dept. of Justice, these pills have made their way into the U.S. rave and techno scene, as well.

Desoxyn (methamphetamine hydrochloride) is a stimulant available by prescription that is indicated to treat particularly stubborn attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or obesity. Although it has minimal medical use and is not as popular as other well-known stimulants, such as Adderall or Ritalin, it is still used often enough to be of significance. Desoxyn pills are sometimes diverted from legitimate prescription holders and abused for recreational purposes.

Liquid Meth

Drug smugglers may dissolve meth in water and traffic the drug in liquid form. Liquid meth is a dark yellow, syrup-like fluid that is usually stored covertly in liquor bottles and other commonly-seen containers.

However, liquid meth is rarely sold on the streets, and after it is trafficked, it is most often boiled back into a powder form for consumption or sale.

Treatment for Meth Addiction

Meth addiction can be a devastating, lifelong disease that eventually destroys the mind and body of those who suffer from it. People who have become dependent on meth are urged to seek help as soon as possible before circumstances worsen and result in permanent impairments, injuries, or death.

Just Believe Recovery offers comprehensive, evidence-based treatment in both residential and partial hospitalization formats. Our programs include services essential for the process of recovery, such as psychotherapy, substance abuse education, individual and family counseling, and group support.

Please contact us immediately if you or someone you love is actively abusing meth, other drugs, or alcohol. Let us help you reclaim your life and the happiness and wellness you deserve!

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