One of the major stigmas with purchasers of crystal meth, is that only freaks, low income and homosexual men . The truth is that a vast array of people from all different specs of society are using and purchasing this deadly drug. College students to stay awake and study, maybe even the stockbroker you hired to invest your money for you.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can be manufactured by using products commercially available anywhere in the United States. So, in fact many middle class youths are using the drug today.(According to the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse) An estimated 8.8 million people (4.0 percent of the population) have tried methamphetamine at some time in their lives.
Methamphetamine is not a new drug or a new problem. It has been around for decades under the names "speed", "crank","Tina" and "ice". In the 1930's it was used by doctors to treat nasal and bronchial aliments in addition to narcolepsy. In the 1950's and 1960's it was used legally by truck drivers to stay awake during long trips. In addition it was also recommended as a anti- depressant as well as, a weight loss solution.
Methamphetamine is an increasingly popular drug at raves and as a part of a number of drugs used by college students. As well a the new college graduates in the work force. So you are truly never aware of who might be using or the occasional user may be. Due to peer pressure ,the major concern is for our teens: curiosity, to feel good, relieve stress, or just to fit in. It is difficult to know which teens will experiment and stop and which will develop a serious problem.
So with the easy production and distribution of crystal meth, we cannot just stereotype this drug abuse to one particular minority or subculture. Further more, the majority of homosexuals who report the use of crystal meth, only report it because of the contraction of HIV.
So the stereotypical scapegoat for crystal meth user is a myth. Imagine you...
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