Crystal Meth Addiction Stories
Crystal Meth Addiction Stories: “It Will Never Happen To Me”
By Ned Wicker
Russian Roulette is a game of
chance. Put the gun to you head and pull the trigger. If there is a
bullet in the chamber, you’re dead. If there isn’t, the next guy
has something to worry about. If you survive, you can brag about
your bravery. If you lose, of course, there will never be another
Methamphetamine was his “gun” of
For years Brad was playing that game of
Russian Roulette, only he did it with methamphetamine not a pistol.
It’s the same game and the longer it goes on the less chance of
surviving. He loved the initial “high” and tried over and over
to repeat the first experience.
The trouble was, the initial intensity
wore off and what was such a pleasurable experience turned into a
daily routine of scraping up some drug, smoking it and hoping he
would feel better. He was sold a bill of goods, because it never
worked out the way he wanted it, only nobody could tell him that. In
the early stages of his disease, his parents suspected he was using
something, but they didn’t know what and they didn’t know what to
look for. There were the usual expressions of concern, but Brad
would quickly put those to rest, assuring mom and dad that he was
fine, no cause for alarm. Meanwhile, the cylinder slowly rotated.
Like most crystal meth addiction stories, it all seemed so harmless in the
beginning. Brad and some friends got the meth from an acquaintance
and went to the park. You’ve heard the rationale before—we’re
just having a little fun, no harm in that. Sure it was fun, for a
while. His other friends tried it and didn’t go back for a second
encounter, but for Brad, this was the answer to what he had been
looking for. The euphoria, the feeling of empowerment, the security
of knowing that everything was better now, or so he thought, was a
game changer for him.
His long-term problems began soon
after, because the acquaintance who was so generous and accommodating
before, now wanted more money for his goods. But that’s a small
price to pay for something so valuable. That became a daily
expenditure and brad could not afford to buy off the street anymore.
He decided to make his own, and he could actually make money doing it
because what he didn’t need himself he could sell and support his
habit. At least to brad, it made perfect sense.
He needed raw materials and that was
going to be a problem. He needed to buy cold medicine for the
ephedrine. The other ingredients—a piece of cake. But why someone
would want to inhale these is a mystery. The Lynn (MA) Police
Department web site lists the ingredients and you’ll see why it’s
a chilling thought. Read their explanation. It’s not a stretch.
Sodium hydroxide – aka, Lye
Classified as a corrosive, sodium
hydroxide is one of the main chemicals in drain cleaner and is also
used in aluminum etching and to create biodiesel. It’s also used by
ranchers, serial killers, and city workers who must dispose of road
kill to dissolve dead bodies. Carcasses are placed in a sealed
chamber with sodium hydroxide and water, turning the body into a
This substance, used in chemical
fertilizer and as a commercial refrigerant, has extremely destructive
effects on humans. Breathing the vapor can cause severe irritation
and permanent damage to the lungs, throat, and eyes. Because
Anhydrous (meaning “without water”) Ammonia seeks out water and
causes severe burns, any body part that comes into contact with it
should be flushed with water for at least 15 minutes to remove the
ammonia from the skin. One man even had his buttocks eaten away by
improperly handling this stuff.
Iodine is a natural element and helpful
to the body in small amounts. But taken in large amounts, iodine can
becomes toxic. Extremely high does of iodine can limit the function
of the thyroid. It takes roughly 4 bottles of iodine tincture to
produce 2-3 grams of meth.
Matches – Red Phosphorus
By combining red phosphorus and iodine,
you can easily create the highly controlled substance Hydriotic Acid
which is an essential ingredient in making meth. Creating 2-3 grams
of meth requires about 4 big boxes of matches. Here’s a better use
of match sticks.
The use of ephedrine in making
methamphetamines is the main reason why many sinus medications like
Sudafed, with active ingredient of ephedrine, are under lock and key
at grocery stores and pharmacies now.
Ephedrine causes the brain to
release dopamine, a chemical naturally produced by the body that
evokes feelings of elation on the same level as sex, food, and other
rewards necessary for species survival. Ephedrine’s effect of
releasing dopamine is thought to be the reason why people become so
addicted to meth. The problem is that by artificially creating
dopamine chemically, meth users eventually lose the ability to feel
happiness at all. That’s why crystal meth addiction stories are stories of addiction and loss.
Once called “sweet vitriol” because
of its hypnotic effect, this highly flammable substance is used as an
anesthetic agent – especially in third world countries where more
expensive anesthesia is not available. While inhaling the compound,
patients could undergo complete surgical procedures while otherwise
awake without feeling pain or concern.
The product label warning says it all:
DANGER: MAY BURN EYES AND SKIN ON CONTACT. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.
Avoid contact with body and clothing. TOXIC GAS MAY FORM IF MIXED
WITH OTHER CHEMICALS. If gases are released, leave immediately
and ventilate area. FIRST AID: Give Immediately: EYES AND SKIN: Flush
with water for 20 minutes. Remove affected clothing. IF SWALLOWED:
Rinse mouth and drink a glass of water or milk. Do not induce
vomiting. THEN SEEK MEDICAL AID.
When working with brake fluid, be
careful not to spill it on your car as it will eat away the paint and
chrome. You’ve also got to be careful using brake fluid around
other household chemicals because its high concentration of
polyethylene glycol can cause it to ignite in a violent fireball. But
meth users don’t mind putting it into their body for the tradeoff
of a high.
Lighter Fluid – Butane
Starting to see why meth labs blow up
so frequently? This highly flammable liquefied gas is used in the
cooking process. When inhaled directly, butane can cause drowsiness,
narcosis, asphyxia; cardiac arrhythmia and frostbite, which can
result in instant death from Asphyxiation, Acute toxicity and
ventricular fibrillation. When it’s ingested, lighter fluid causes
gastrointestinal problems, lethargy, diarrhea, and in high enough
This highly corrosive liquid is used to
remove rust and iron-oxide from steel, leather processing, household
cleaning and to produce organic compounds such as PVC pipe and
polyurethane. It also makes up the majority of the gastric acid in
human digestive fluid. In high concentrations, hydrochloric acid will
literally eat away human flesh.
Meth Labs VERY dangerous!
From time-to-time we read about meth
labs blowing up and causing serve injuries. Most recently, the
manufacturing process has become more streamlined and the small,
portable labs can be set up anywhere and very quickly. That makes
law enforcement all the more difficult.
Cooking it in his apartment
Brad was cooking meth in his own
apartment, which was located about the detached garage at his
parents’ house. Nobody knew what he was doing, because nobody went
up there. Brad was always a “tidy boy” according to mom, so she
knew the place would be well kept up. He was brewing his death
almost out in the open, in a nice middle class neighborhood, where
nobody would ask questions or suspect anything.
No happy ending to crystal meth
There is no happy ending to crystal meth addiction stories. He didn’t get busted and he
didn’t go to jail. He didn’t even have to go to treatment. He
just did nothing to curb the damage done by the disease. He died of
a heart attack. He got the cylinder with the bullet. He, as most do,
lost his game of Russian Roulette!