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Crystal meth is a colorless, odorless form of d-methamphetamine a strong and, addictive stimulant. Meth usually looks like small pieces of glass of shards in different sizes. Like powdered meth, crystal meth is abused because of the long lasting effects it produces. Crystal meth however usually has a higher purity and, may give longer lasting and more intense effects than the powdered form of the.

Meth can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, or injected. As powder it can be mixed with water and, injected. Shards of clear high quality meth are smoked in glass pipes such as emptied light bulbs it can also be smoked off of aluminum foil by heating the foil and, inhaling the fumes. Others inject speedballs by mixing meth and heroin.

Meth tends to be taken differently in different areas and different ages. In San Francisco injection is the usual way to take meth, in Honolulu its smoking.

In Phoenix younger people take pills, while older people snort meth. Snorting the drug irritates the nose, and smoking meth is harsh on the throat and lungs. But smoking and, injection are the two fastest ways to get meth to the brain.

In low amounts, meth makes you feel energetic, alert, self confident and, powerful. With continued use these feelings fade and, most people report the need for higher amounts to get the same high. Meth user's actions become unpredictable they may be friendly and, calm one moment and, angry the next. Some people repeat meaningless tasks like taking things apart and putting them back together, others may pick at imaginary bugs on their skin.

After many days of meth use, during which they barely sleep or eat, users become too tired to keep on or have no meth left and, begin to crash. In the beginning of the...