Common Halton Street Names: ice / crank / speed / crystal / glass
It is common for the Halton Police to locate methamphetamine in tablets that were distributed under the guise of ecstasy.
Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that is used as a recreational drug in the Halton region. Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs located in our community. The Halton region, along with other surrounding communities, have noted an increase in crystal meth use within the last year. Sources indicate that crack cocaine addicts have been switching to crystal meth due to its euphoric sensation and availability.
There are inherent dangers associated to the methamphetamine drug trade such as paranoia and violence. Further, the production of methamphetamine can occur virtually anywhere and is extremely dangerous. Methamphetamine is produced using numerous household chemicals found in cold medication (ephedrine), paint thinner (acetone), batteries (lithium), road flares (red phosphorus), fertilizer (anhydrous ammonia), brake cleaner (toluene), etc.
When extracted from their household product, these chemicals can be extremely dangerous. For example: When red phosphorus is heated it produces phosphine gas which can be lethal upon inhalation. Further, the production of methamphetamine results in a large amount of toxic waste that is rarely disposed of properly by the cook.
- Total Seizures (Jan to Jul) 2015: 1.8 kilograms
It is typically found in pill form or in a crystal like substance (commonly known as crystal meth).
Methamphetamine can be consumed orally, inhaled, injected, or smoked. The risk of overdose is highest when the drug is injected. Crystal meth is generally smoked using a pipe or aluminum foil.
A methamphetamine overdose may cause seizures, high body temperature, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke and death.
Heavy use can result in psychosis and acute withdrawal symptoms.
Long-term use can cause ‘methamphetamine psychosis’ which includes:
> bizarre and violent behavior.
The recovery rate for addiction to methamphetamine is very low.