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Where does crystal meth come from?

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Methamphetamine is a man-made stimulant that's been around for a long time. During World War II, soldiers were given meth to keep them awake. People have also taken the drug to lose weight and ease depression. Today, the only legal meth product is a tablet for treating obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It's rarely used and is available only by prescription. Crystal meth is made with the ingredient pseudoephedrine, which is found in many cold medicines. It helps ease congestion. Because it's used to make meth, the federal government closely regulates products with this ingredient. Most of the crystal meth used in this country comes from Mexican “superlabs.” But there are many small labs in the U. S. Some are right in people's homes.

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction,” “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine,” “Methamphetamine,” “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.”

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Crystal Meth.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine.”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine.”

News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Meth Project: “How to Spot a User,” “Find Help.”

NIDA for Teens: “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (Meth).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 26, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction,” “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine,” “Methamphetamine,” “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.”

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Crystal Meth.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine.”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine.”

News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Meth Project: “How to Spot a User,” “Find Help.”

NIDA for Teens: “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (Meth).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 26, 2017

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