The Real Truth about AMPHETAMINES

So what exactly are Amphetamines?
What is Methamphetamine?
How does it affect our mind and body?
Why is it the most impure illegal drug in the UK?
What are the effects of this harmfull drug?
What are the experts saying?

Well we all know it is a drug and the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, now the organisation called Drug Science says –

‘People cannot use drugs without a risk of being harmed.’ (1)

For the record Speed and Amphetamine in this article are exactly the same.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary tells us that Amphetamines is a synthetic mood-altering drug, used illegally as a stimulant. (2)

Here are some street names for Amphetamines

Whizz       Speed       Sulph       Billy       Base       Fet       Paste       Uppers

Let’s see what FRANK has to say, which is a UK Government funded website (3)

Speed is the street name for the class B drug Amphetamine Sulphate.
Sometimes speed is used to refer to other types of amphetamines.
Speed is a stimulant and people take ‘speed’ to keep them awake, energised and alert.

Class B drug and that means possession is 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
If possession is with intent to supply or supply –  it is 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

It can be snorted, swallowed (ingested), injected or smoked.
As a stimulant it increases your heartbeat and rate of breathing. As well as making people feel alert and energised, Speed creates sensations of confidence, a false sense of well-being, increased stamina and reduces any desire to eat and sleep. Users can become tense and anxious. (4)

Speed is often used as a party drug as it keeps you going.

It is a very impure drug and that means most of the powder in a wrap only contains 5-15% amphetamine sulphate. The dealer can make more profit if the Speed is cut with caffeine, starch powder, laxatives, talcum powder, paracetamol, ephedrine and sugars like glucose.

The Come Down –
Speed forces the body to produce extra energy. This is on a ‘loan basis’. When the body starts to replace the ‘borrowed’ energy the user can be left feeling tired, depressed and hungry. It is easy to get into a cycle of using amphetamines and then needing to use more just to get everyday tasks done.

Amphetamine Psychosis can also happen.

Methamphetamine is part of the amphetamine family of stimulant drugs. (5)

Other names for this dangerous drug are

Beannies       Brown       Chalk       Crank       Chicken Feed       Cinnamon       Crink       Crypto       Fast       Getgo       Methlies Quik       Mexican Crack       Pervitin (Czech Republic)       Speed       Tweak       Tick Tick       Redneck Cocaine       Crazy Medicine       Yaba (South East Asia)       Yellow Powder       Wash

Who comes up with these names and what is this Crazy Medicine?

Methamphetamine is a synthetic (man-made) chemical and comes in the form of white crystalline powder that is odourless, bitter tasting and dissolves easily in water or alcohol. It can be snorted, smoked or injected and some take it orally. (6)

Methamphetamine is a Class A drug and that means it is serious stuff, so possession means 7 years in prison and an unlimited fine. Possession with intent to supply or supply is Life in prison and an unlimited fine. (5)

Dear World,

Before we go any further can we just stop and re-read this. 

LIFE IN PRISON for the possession of this drug if you supply or intend to supply.
What on earth is this telling us about a powerfull street drug?
Have we interviewed the dealers to see if they care about getting caught?
Are we aware of why this is classified as a Class A drug?
Why do we know so little about this ‘crazy medicine’?
Why are the media not informing us about the real harm of this drug?
Why is a prison sentence or unlimited fine not really stopping suppliers?
Why is there such a demand for a drug that is doing serious damage?

Methamphetamine is commonly manufactured in illegal hidden laboratories, mixing various forms of amphetamine or other chemicals to boost its potency. Common pills for cold remedies are often used as the basis for production of the drug. Ingredients are extracted from those pills and to increase strength it is combined with chemicals such as battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze. (6)

Hello – can we just stop right here and re-read the above.

This is a recipe for death and there is no getting away from that fact.
We know that if we drank battery acid or anti-freeze it would kill us.

Methamphetamine: Fact vs Fiction and Lessons from the Crack Hysteria –

If you do a quick search on the internet you can find plenty of “How to make meth” recipes. According to these recipes you can easily make it from a few common products and the most important one is over the counter cold medication – pseudoephedrine. (7)

This means that it is more readily available on the illicit market and more accessible to the poor, the marginalised and those wishing to avoid the medical establishment.

Czech Republic 

The production of homemade methamphetamine (known as Pervitin) in the Czech Republic was perfected in a simple process using an ephedrine-containing cough medicine available over the counter and this technique spread very quickly. (7)

Pervitin use and production are extensive in the Czech Republic today (Mravcik et al. 2011).

Did you know –

Meth cooks are drug users themselves?
Meth labs pose serious hazards to public safety?
These dangerous chemicals are potentially explosive?
These cooks often get severely burned or killed?
Nearby homes and buildings are affected in these explosions?
The production of one pound of methamphetamine produces six pounds of toxic waste?
People exposed to this waste material can become poisoned and sick?
Why are we not making enough noise to stop all illegal hidden laboratories?
Who are these manufacturers who think it is ok to profit in this way?

What drives people to make drugs that support others to kill themselves?
Why do we accept this or allow this to continue in our world today?

If a drug is less pure, containing only 5-10 percent of the desired compound, for example, then there is less of it to waste. Moreover, taking a drug by mouth can lead to only 10-20 percent bioavailability of the ingested dose. (7)

Bioavailability means the proportion of the dose of the drug that reaches its target – in this case the brain.

One of the reasons that the bioavailability of a drug is lower following oral administration is simply because enzymes in the liver specialise in breaking down chemicals, including methamphetamine in order to protect the brain and to make any poisons we eat less destructive.

This process is called first-pass metabolism.

It can significantly reduce the effective dose of a drug taken orally.
First-pass metabolism can be circumvented by injecting or smoking a drug.

Smoking and injecting produce more potent effects, the likelihood of harmfull consequences is increased with these methods.

Czech service providers hope that this method will encourage some people who use methamphetamines to shift from injection to oral use. (Mravcik et al. 2011).

Taking a drug by mouth is usually safer, as the stomach can be pumped in case of an overdose.
Also some of the drug will be broken down before reaching the brain.

OK – let’s just stop here and re-read this.

Have we lost the plot and is any of this making sense?

Is there a clue here about how intelligent our body is?
The fact that the liver immediately kicks in and does what it can to protect the brain?
The fact that it recognises poison entering the body and takes action?

Who thought of smoking and injecting to fool the body?

How serious is it that the bioavailability is more important to us than our own health?
Why is it that we need to alter the state of our brain or call it ‘mind’?
Why do we need to find a way round so we get the hit at the cost of our body?

Amphetamines reliably reduce fatigue and offset performance decrements, some may repeatedly take these drugs to lessen problems associated with sleep loss. This is less than an ideal approach. (Hart et al. 2014)

‘One of the most consistent effects of stimulants is the disruption of sleep, which means that repeated use could exacerbate problems related to sleep loss.’   

‘Given the vital role that sleep plays in healthy functioning, regular users of amphetamine should be mindful of their sleep durations and avoid drug use near the sleep period.’ (7)

People who inject methamphetamine should be provided access to clean injection equipment.
For individuals who smoke amphetamine, harm reduction services should include access to clean pipes and plastic tips, filters, lip balm and smoking foil.

How is this going to deal with the root cause of WHY someone takes amphetamines?
Is being mindfull enough to combat our sleep issue?
Does our mind have another agenda to what our body is saying?
Why is anyone endorsing amphetamines when we know they are dangerous?
Are sterile injections going to end the deep rooted ill that creates drug dependency?

DO WE NEED TO BE ASKING OTHER QUESTIONS OUTSIDE THE BOX?

True Story

Welfare money was not enough to pay for our meth habit and support our son so we turned our rented home into a meth lab. We stored the toxic chemicals in our refrigerator not knowing that the toxins would permeate the other food in the icebox …

I did not know I was giving my son poisoned food as I was too stoned on meth to notice until 12 hours later. I was so stoned it took me two hours to figure out how to get him to the hospital five miles away. By the time I got to the emergency room my boy was pronounced dead from a lethal dose of ammonia hydroxide – one of the chemicals used to make meth. (6)

‘The first experience might involve some pleasure but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life.’ (6)

Crystal Meth is short for Crystalline Methamphetamine. It is extremely powerfull and addictive. Some compare it to crack cocaine. (5)

Here are some street names for this drug

Batu       Blade       Cristy       Crystal       Crystal Glass       Glass       Hot Ice       Ice       Quartz       Shabu       Shards       Stove Top       Tina       Ventana       Tweak       Meth       Crissy       Speed       Puda       Crank       Shizzo       The Magic Dragon

Crystal Meth comes in clear chunky crystals resembling ice and is most commonly smoked. (6)

It is used as a “club drug”, at nightclubs and rave parties.

It is a potent and dangerous chemical and as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body.

It is associated with serious health conditions including: aggression, memory loss, psychotic behaviour and potential heart and brain damage. (6)

This highly addictive drug burns up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be relieved by taking more of the drug.

Check out the video documentary called The Truth about Crystal Meth on this website, that will leave you in no doubt as to the real harm of this party drug.

http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/crystalmeth.html

All the following have been taken from the video –

‘They told me meth would help me get through my exams – they lied.’

It looks like blades of glass
It comes in different flavours and colours

There is something called Peanut Butter Crank, which actually looks like peanut butter and it smells like peanut butter. It is pure speed. It is a more pure form of crystal meth.

Crystal Meth is made out of –

Anything from underneath the hood of your car
Anything under your kitchen sink
Ammonia
Driveway cleaner
Battery Acid
Pesticides
Acetone
Muriatic Acid – used to clean bricks

It is Toxic poison and has ingredients that would kill you or send you to the hospital.

For every one pound of meth made, there are six pounds of toxic waste.
It is going to cause irreversible damage.

People snort it, smoke it, shoot it (inject) and ingest it.
People take meth whatever way they can.

People have started using meth as young as 13.
One lady said she got into it because she wanted to impress a guy.

Others said they took it for Curiosity, Boredom or as a Social thing.

“My parents and my school sent me to a rehab because I got caught smoking weed in school. Met some people there. Started hanging out with them when I got out, they introduced me to it.”

Effects mentioned include –
Instant euphoria within 10-30 seconds of smoking it.
For some people the effects can last up to 12 hours.

When you come down it is like the complete opposite.
Drug dealer told one man to just get more, when he told them how he felt the next day.

Withdrawal symptoms –
Body would ache like the worse flu ever
Throwing up
Skin would turn yellow

There’s no stopping when you start
Lethargic all the time
It is really hard on your body
Weight Loss
Hair Loss, bald patches
People can’t think straight
Psychotic symptoms – paranoia
Visual hallucinations – see things crawling up your arm and then picking at your arm to get them off.
Woman spent 6 hours picking her face in front of the mirror. Left with big gashes all over her face. Also had gashes all over her arms and legs.

Woman saying she was up for 8 days without sleep and food – watching the walls move.

A man was up for 37 days on meth. Said he could see police in his backyard and he called 911. It was a hallucination and his friends left him. The police did come to his house and took him away.

Admittance to mental health hospitals.
You go crazy on it because you are tweaking.

Urban Dictionary – TweakingFrantic and compulsive behaviour often associated with methamphetamine abuse (crank). People who regularly abuse crank may find themselves unable to stop a particular random activity like searching drawers, having sex or putting things apart. (8)

“You are just moving like 100 miles per hour, like in your head – your thoughts, everything is just going boom boom boom, like really fast.”

“You will start projects and stop being able to finish them.
You can’t concentrate on any one thing.
Just constant motion and you are doing absolutely nothing.”

Panic Attacks
Irritability
Cranky
Tired
Depressed
Feeling worthless
Wanting to lie in bed and “sleep my life away.”

“The only way I could function is if I did just do a shot.”
“Just needed that, wanted it and was gonna do anything to get it at that point.”

Robbery, Burglary.
“I would not have any problem going to your house, kicking your door and robbing you for everything you had. Just to get it.”

“Makes you not care that you are wasting your life away. Makes you not care that your sister cries at night because her brother is out committing crimes and manufacturing methamphetamines.”

Short and long term memory loss
Nerve Damage
Twitching muscles
Tendonitis – inflamed, irritated or torn tendons

One woman has permanent gum damage and permanent bone loss underneath her gum line.
This is known as ‘meth mouth’

Another woman had all her large intestines removed through surgery. They left her with 1 inch. She says “doing all that battery acid and muriatic acid and all that – it eats away not only at your teeth but every bone, your eyes. It kills you”.

One man has an eroded oesophagus. Current symptoms are really bad heartburn and even drinking water can burn his throat.

“I don’t care who you are, you’re not going to be able to function better on drugs.”

“Knowing what I know now, yeah I would have definitely avoided it.”

“Becoming addicted for just one try or just one time it’s not worth it, because that one time can kill you.”

“Look at the pictures, they don’t lie, the mug shots they don’t lie.”

“There is nothing cool about it and there is nothing fun about it.
It is deceiving at first but it will just take you to a place of going nowhere.”

“A couple of nights of fun can lead to a whole lifetime of destruction.”

Why do scientists and researchers think that we the public are undiscerning?
Why do they think ‘over-blown worst-case anecdotes’ are not for the popular press?
Why are they thinking that empirical evidence is the only way?
How can we ignore any anecdotal evidence when it is staring us in the face?

Why are our governments wanting more research and proof before any real action is taken?

Is this a delay thing that does not address our worldwide drug problem?

Why is none of this making any sense?
Why are things not changing or making any real difference if these methods were truly working?

Could it be that anecdotal evidence would show us that we do not need tons of money to be spent on confirming, claiming or proving something that is staring us in the face?

Could it be that simple?

From lived experience, I can honestly say that I can easily relate to true stories, real life accounts and facts of what is going on and then use a common sense approach to bring understanding.

USA

President George W. Bush proclaimed 30th November 2006 as National Methamphetamine Awareness Day (9)

The day is meant to educate Americans about the effects of methamphetamine abuse on communities and families. It is hoped to increase awareness and decrease the demand for methamphetamines. (10)

‘Human laboratory data are at odds with anecdotal reports and conventional wisdom’
(Hart et al. 2014)

WHY?

Is there a clue here for all of us?
Do we need to go beyond beliefs and actually stick to real life facts?
In other words – things that are actually happening to us as individuals and this is the proof?

We as humans are all living sciences and is it time we are studied and by that I mean real life day in and day out to get a snap shot of what is truly going on?

Why are we ignoring real life science?
Who benefits here and at what cost to society?
Are we really evolving with our reliability on science-based evidence?

Could it be possible that there is more and we need to look at the more?
Could it be possible that a common sense approach may just work?

Human recreational drug users generally start with small amounts and increase their doses gradually as their drug use progresses.

So why are we using animals in a lab to give us results that are not really real life?

Time to get our common sense hat on and get real.
Any controlled conditions, experiments or whatever they do in a laboratory is never going to be the same as real life. Can we agree on that?

You don’t have an animal in a lab wanting to party all night.
You don’t have an animal wanting to smoke or inject to alter the state of their mind.
You don’t have an animal wanting to check out and not feel what is going on in their life.
You don’t have an animal making the choices of an amphetamine user.
You don’t have an animal with the past history that a meth user might have.

Why are carefully controlled double blind investigations not cutting it?
Why are we not buying it and is it because it simply is not the real deal?
Why do we need to control an outcome?

What is this really telling us when we have real life stories like the video in this blog?

Why is it that our world is so focused on scientific based evidence and ignoring real people who are a living science?

What if empirical evidence is only as reliable as the person observing, who let’s face it might have their own issues OR do we assume that scientists experience no problems or issues in their lives?

Hart et al. 2014 –
‘… there are real documented potential negative consequences associated with this drug. For instance, methamphetamine abuse is associated with multiple deleterious medical consequences, including paranoia mimicking full-blown psychosis (Grelotti et al. 2010) and hypertensive crisis leading to stroke (Ho et al. 2009).’ (7)

‘… methamphetamine “makes crack look like child’s play, both in terms of what it does to the body and how hard it is to get off”. (Butterfield 2004). The paper also claimed “Because users are so highly sexualized, the children are often exposed to pornography or sexual abuse, or watch their mothers prostitute themselves” (Zernike 2005).’ (7)

The Montana Meth Project on methamphetamine use indicated that the advertisement campaign had no effect when pre-existing downward trends in methamphetamine use were taken into account (Anderson 2009).

What are the potential negative consequences when we present exaggerated or misleading information about drugs to young people?

The Montana Meth project is a methamphetamine prevention project in the USA.

Some educators and health professionals have expressed concern that the types of embellishment used by the Montana Meth Project decrease credibility and relevance and this then has a knock on effect. Our youth are then more likely to reject other valuable drug-related information from ‘official sources’ even when the information provided is accurate.

The project is simply made up and the question we should be asking is

WHY do we need scare tactics when we have enough real life anecdotal evidence like the video quoted in this blog?

The raw truth here is that there is clearly no evidence to confirm that this project is preventing drug use. However, the Meth Project remains popular with some officials and continues to use ways to bring fear but no real change. (11)

In the USA, new laws have been implemented in response to the increased negative advertising campaign waged against the drug. These laws focus on both methamphetamine and compounds used to make the drug illegally (also known as precursors).

Amphetamine tablets were available over the counter in the USA until the early 1950’s (Maxwell and Rutkowski 2008).

The Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act 1996, raised criminal penalties for trafficking and the production of methamphetamines. This law also restricted precursors including ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, key ingredients in over the counter cold medicines (Franco 2005)

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act 2005, placed further restrictions on pseudoephedrine. Pharmacists and sellers had to place them behind the counter. Buyers had to show state-issued identification and sign a log that could be used to track their purchases (Gonzales et al. 2010). Fearing that this would decrease sales, many pharmaceutical companies replaced pseudoephrine with phenylephrine, which is less effective as a nasal decongestant. (Eccles 2007)

‘Amphetamine is a class of chemical compounds that includes drugs used for both medical and recreational purposes. Of this class, d-amphetamine and methamphetamine are approved in several countries to treat a variety of disorders including attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and obesity.’ (7)

Well we all know kids are diagnosed with ADHD, so are we prescribing a dangerous drug just so that they can focus and pay attention?
Is that the real answer here or is this a solution to help them function?
Are we addressing the real root cause of why a child has ADHD?
What happens if the use of amphetamines is stopped?

Narcolepsy in case you don’t know is a chronic sleep disorder where there is no regular normal sleep pattern.
So is amphetamine prescribed to keep them awake and alert the answer?
Are we making the sleep problems worse in the long term?
Are we using drugs to function better, but not deal with the deeper issue?
Why are we not addressing why the body needs to shut down and sleep at irregular times?

Obesity – Amphetamines are known to suppress appetite, but do we ever stop and look at the long-term effects that this drug can have on a person’s life?

‘In carefully controlled laboratory studies of human research participants, d-amphetamine and methamphetamine produce nearly identical physiological and behavioural effects (Martin et al. 1971; Sevak et al. 2009 Kirkpatrick et al. 2012) They both increase blood pressure, pulse, euphoria and desire to take the drug in a dose-dependent manner.
Essentially, they are the same drug.’ (7)

In New Zealand and the United Kingdom – d-amphetamine remains available for medical purposes but any use of methamphetamine which includes medical use is banned.

NOTE – d-amphetamine and methamphetamine are essentially the same drug.
(Kirkpatrick et al. 2012). 

HELLO – is this making any sense?
We have two different classes of drugs and yet we are told it is essentially the same.

Globally
In 2013, it was estimated that there were between 13,870,000 – 53, 870,000 amphetamine users. (12)

A substantial proportion of illicit drug users are unwilling to disclose information about their use, especially to government-sponsored survey takers.

Amphetamines are the 2nd most commonly used drug. The 1st is Marijuana. (13)

In 2012, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, state that markets for methamphetamine are growing faster than for other amphetamine type stimulants, known as ATS, fueled in part by significant increases in East and Southeast Asia, the United States and Mexico.

Younger people are seeking treatment for amphetamine use disorders. The average age recorded is 25. (13)

World Drug Report 2016 (13)
There has been a large increase in the use of amphetamines in East and South-East Asia. There is also a ‘large and growing market’ for both methamphetamine tablets and crystal meth in both of these regions.

Men are 3 times more likely to use amphetamines than women.

2014 – 108 tons of methamphetamine were seized. An increase of 21% on the previous year.
2014 – 46 tons of amphetamines were seized. An increase of 15% on the previous year.

Seizure data alone is not giving us a real and true picture because it may just be reflecting better investments in policing rather than real increases in production. Declines in seizures may reflect producers’ improved ability to evade capture rather than a real decline in production. (7)

2014
Brunei Darussalam
Crystal Meth was the primary drug of concern.

People receiving treatment for Amphetamine use accounted for the largest share of people treated for drug use.

Cambodia
Crystal Meth was the primary drug of concern.

Increase in the use of Crystal Meth.
Increase in the use of Methamphetamine tablets.
People receiving treatment for Amphetamine use accounted for the largest share of people treated for drug use.

Indonesia
Crystal Meth was the primary drug of concern.

China
Increase in the use of Crystal Meth.

Increase in the use of Methamphetamine tablets.

Japan
Crystal Meth was the primary drug of concern.

Increase in the use of Crystal Meth.

Malaysia
Increase in the use of Crystal Meth.

Increase in the use of Methamphetamine tablets.

The Philippines
Crystal Meth was the primary drug of concern.

Increase in the use of Crystal Meth.
People receiving treatment for Amphetamine use accounted for the largest share of people treated for drug use.

Burma
Increase in the use of Methamphetamine tablets.

The Republic of Korea
Crystal Meth was the primary drug of concern.

Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Methamphetamine tablets were the main drug of concern.

People receiving treatment for Amphetamine use accounted for the largest share of people treated for drug use.

Singapore
People receiving treatment for Amphetamine use accounted for the largest share of people treated for drug use. 

Thailand
Methamphetamine tablets were the main drug of concern.

People receiving treatment for amphetamine use accounted for the largest share of people treated for drug use.

In 1996 the government banned all uses of amphetamine, including those for medical purposes (Pilley and Perngpam, 1998).

Viet Nam
Increase in the use of Crystal Meth.

Increase in the use of Methamphetamine tablets.

Australia
Australia had the arrival of ‘large-scale shipments’ of crystal meth in sea cargo. A report from the Australian government has highlighted the ‘growing number of methamphetamine users’. (13)

South Africa
Research from the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use found that individuals seeking treatment for methamphetamine use dramatically increased in the Western Cape Province of South Africa between 2002 and 2011 (SACENDU 2012).

Could it be possible that the number of clandestine amphetamine laboratories has risen which correlates to the increased number of people seeking treatment for amphetamine use problems?

Iran
There is a mandatory death penalty for possession of 30 grams of methamphetamine.

Executions can be drawn out and extremely painful. (Mogelson, 2012).

People seek stimulants for personal reasons, which could be work related or recreational. So it will be of no surprise that methamphetamine is the most frequently abused amphetamine.

‘Multiple lines of evidence demonstrate that amphetamine causes a release of monoamines from brain cells.’ The effects on behaviour are ‘elevating mood, increasing alertness and vigilance, while decreasing tiredness and sleepiness. (e.g., Hart et.al. 2003, 2005).’ (7)

These effects can be beneficial for individuals required to work extended hours or workers who have to perform at the circadian nadir of alertness.

‘Undoubtedly, this is the reason that several nations’ militaries have used (and continue to use) amphetamine since World War II (Caldwell and Caldwell 2005). The drug helps soldiers fight better and longer. The performance enhancing benefits are widely recognised by students and professionals in almost every field from athletics to zoology.’ (7)

Now this is a big fat HELLO

So here we have a mind altering drug that is dangerous and yet it is used by students and professionals to push past their natural state.

At what cost is this to our human body?
Why are we not all well informed about this harmfull drug?
Why are we expecting our military to ‘fight better and longer’?
Why are we not stopping to consider the long term effects on our soldiers? 

Why are we ignoring our body and using this drug to be more alert?
Why do we need a drug to elevate our mood?
Why do students feel they have to take this drug to perform?
Why are we choosing to suppress our body saying it is tired?
Why do our workers need to work extended hours in the first place?

Do we question what is going on in our life that requires this drug in the first place?
How can these effects be beneficial to anyone if we are being honest?

Let us put our common sense hat on for one moment.

You have a class of drugs that can have a prison sentence. This means it is serious.
We all know that every single drug alters the state of your mind.

Do we have a RESPONSIBILITY here?

We need to show those that fail to understand the issues at hand, whether through ignorance, prejudice or self-interest, that reducing drug harms benefits everyone, not just those that take them.’ (14)

‘… governments need to radically rethink how they approach drugs …
The truth about drug harms is that we have the power to reduce them now – without changing the law, without lobbying about policy and without the need for a complicated campaign.

We can do it through evidence, anywhere and everywhere. We need to disseminate good information and challenge bad.

We need to question the media’s portrayals of drugs issues and research and call them to account when they get things wrong.’ (15)

Professor David Nutt, DM, FRCP, FRCPsych, FMedSci, Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, is the Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Head of the Department of Neuropsychopharmacology and Molecular Imaging at Imperial College London.

Professor Nutt is also President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), UK Director of the ‘European Certificate in Anxiety and Mood Disorders’ and the ‘Masters in Affective Disorders’ courses jointly administered by the Universities of Maastricht, Bristol and Florence.

He is also the editor of the Journal of Psychopharmacology, advisor to the British National Formulary and on the MRC Neuroscience Board.

So here we have a kingpin on the subject of drugs with a website that is asking for donations.

Why are we not backing this man who clearly is doing his best to educate the world about the harmful effects of drugs and the truth about how drugs actually affect us all?

Why is research limited or not available for something that is destroying lives?

Why are we not making noise to get our governments to fund this type of research?

Why are we not asking WHY questions every single day so that those in power take note?

Why is the WHY question not going on at every possible meeting or dinner table?

We have a global problem on our hands and what is obvious is there is simply not enough truth being exposed about these so-called ‘party drugs’.

Why is it that the media do not make this front-page headlines so we really get it?
Why is social media not making this their way of advertising so the world is alerted?
Why is social media not really being used to expose the Raw Truth about Drugs?

Taking any drug for any reason affects us ALL as Professor David Nutt says and there is no getting away from that.

Would it not be wise to at least stop and ask questions as to what is truly going on that we need to take amphetamines in any form?

Why is a dangerous drug like Crystal Meth being manufactured at such high risk?
Why are rave parties not stopped when we know this drug is being used?
Why are nightclub owners allowing this to continue?
Why is it that we want to stay up all night and party?
Why do we think it is ok to trash our body at the expense of a night out?

Trashing our body because we can is a choice, but what is the real damage?
If it affects the all, then that means society in the long term foots the bill? Correct?

Why are we not bothered about how this might affect our family or community?
Why do young people take these drugs to study?
Why do we need to take these drugs to keep going?
Why are we willing to dis-regard our body to such an extent?

Why is drug education not on the agenda for all our schools?

Who is accountable if some of our military are using these drugs today to ensure they perform beyond their natural state?

Do we care really?
Are we bothered about the long-term affects?
What about all the side effects of this dangerous drug?

Are we uncomfortable enough to actually do something and express our truth?

Is it all about scientific based evidence and dismissing real life anecdotal evidence?
Do we need to wait for more videos or is even one enough to show us the real harm?
Is empirical evidence our only way forward when we all have common sense?
Why are governments not uniting to end global drug abuse?
Why are our prisoners getting access to drugs?

Dear World,

Is it time we started to look closely at what is going on here on earth and what a mess we are in?

This drug business is out of control and this blog confirms the global scale of just one drug and let’s get real, we don’t have the accurate statistics because we can’t.

We all know people are doing dodgy stuff and no way are they going to be upfront and take part in any survey especially for government statistics.

So we have diluted facts and then we have to dig deep and look at who is funding these research projects. Then we have to ask the million dollar question –

Why is Professor David Nutt a real big wig on the subject not being funded? Is it because he is Independent and not taking sides?

Or is it because he may just expose the Truth that we are not ready for?

Next – we all know that campaigning, making noise, joining this and that may have some effect, but the Raw Truth is we are not able to control our global drug problem that is rapidly growing.

The solutions we are coming up with are not stopping anything.

So is there another way?

Have we stopped to look at the root cause of WHY anyone needs to take amphetamines?
What is actually going on that leads someone to take an artificial substance that is mind altering?

Is it time to look at our way of Living, that may be contributing to our ill choices?
Is it time we looked at the bigger picture and not just focus on the reactions of drugs?
Is it time we went deeper and looked into WHY people take drugs in the first place?

We were not born needing or wanting drugs, so what happened to us?
At what point did we take our first smoke or snort?

How are we living and what are the daily choices we are making?
What is it that we are avoiding and don’t want to deal with?
What happened to us that we don’t want to go there and admit?

They call Methamphetamine ‘crazy medicine’. It is insane and crazy tells us it is out of one’s mind or not in one’s right mind. So could this be a simple clue that holds truth?

Taking this drug confirms you are out of your mind. The body cops the ill choice you make and has to deal with the effects.

Why are we not taking RESPONSIBILITY?

We each have a responsibility to live in a way that is not harming self or others.
We also have a responsibility to get our act together and then by our living way inspire others to do the same.

We call ourselves the most intelligent species on earth and yet this blog clearly exposes this ‘so called intelligence’, is not getting to the root cause of why amphetamines harm the human body and destroys lives.

Could it be possible that there is another way and that is to get to the root cause of why we need to take drugs in the first place and until then we will never evolve from this worldwide drug issue?

Possible?

References

(1) Drug Science
http://www.drugscience.org.uk/drugs-info/amphetamine

(2) Concise Oxford English Dictionary – Twelfth Edition. Oxford University Press. 2011

(3) Speed. FRANK
http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/speed#aka=amphetamine+sulphate

(4) Drug, Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling – Level 4 Diploma Course.
Stonebridge Associated Colleges

(5) Methamphetamine. FRANK
http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/methamphetamine

(6) The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine. Drug Free World http://f.edgesuite.net/data/www.drugfreeworld.org/files/truth-about-crystalmeth-booklet-en.pdf 

(7) Hart, C.L., Csete, J., & Habibi, D. (2014). Methamphetamine: Fact Vs. Fiction and Lessons from the Crack Hysteria. Open Society Foundations.
https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/methamphetamine-dangers-exaggerated-20140218.pdf 

(8) Tweaking. Urban Dictionary
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=tweaking

(9) Proclamation 8086 – National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, 2006. November 27, 2006. The American Presidency Project
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=24335

(10) National Meth Awareness Day – November 30. National Day Calendar. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-meth-awareness-day-november-30

(11) The Meth Project
http://www.methproject.org

(12) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. (p. 1). New York, 2015
http://www.unodc.org/wdr2015

(13) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. (p. x, xi, p.1, p.9, p.13, p.52-53). New York, 2016
http://www.unodc.org/wdr2016

(14) Nutt, D. (2014, April 28). It’s Time for a Drug Revolution. Drug Science. Retrieved August 10, 2016 from
http://www.drugscience.org.uk/blog/2014/04/28/its-time-drug-revolution

(15) Nutt, D. (2014, April 28). The Unexpected Truth About Drugs. Drug Science. Retrieved August 10, 2016 from
http://www.drugscience.org.uk/blog/2014/04/28/unexpected-truth-about-drugs

 

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  1. This is such an informative blog. I have learnt so much about drug taking and I have much more understanding about why we use drugs from reading this blog, compared to all of the courses I have been on to learn about drugs. The difference here is that there is clearly so much understanding from the writer – that I feel my judgements slipping away as I read. Most of the courses I’ve been on have focused on drug management. Looking at them now, I feel that there has been an air of superiority from those presenting and attending, (including myself) like ‘I know best.’ and a sense that we’re trying to fix people. The writer of this blog is not trying to make anyone change or give up drugs. This blog just comes from the FACT that any drug use is harm full and is questioning why we use them as we’re not born taking drugs. Thank you Simple Living Global for presenting the Raw Truth yet again about what is occurring in our world today.

    1. This is great Shevon that you are saying this blog is informative and you have learned much more and have a greater understanding than all the drug courses you have attended. Just this point alone is worth questioning.
      Why are courses not delivering more?
      What is missing in our drug courses?
      Does this have a direct effect on why we have not got to the root cause of WHY people take drugs?
      Are our drug courses giving us facts but not really linking it all, so we get the big picture?
      Could it be possible that the information we rely on so heavily does not give us all the answers?
      You say that you can feel ‘understanding’ from the writer. Is this what is needed as a teacher, presenter, service provider or drug worker?
      Is it a deeper level of understanding of self first and then others that will make a difference and knock out the ‘superiority’ you mention?
      What if we are not here to ‘fix’ people, get results, make it a mission or set goals to change drug users ?
      You are correct the writer is not trying to change anyone or ask them to give up drugs.
      What the writer is presenting is nothing has worked so far so could it be possible that there is there another way that could be simple and easy?
      What if we are here to live a life of true RESPONSIBILITY and in that consistency we will have the deeper connection, which can then inspire others to know that there is another way.

    2. Like you Shevon, I have a much deeper understanding after reading this blog, of our world drug problem, why it exists and what is missing in our attempts to deal with it.

      Imagine if this blog were presented as a power point course to every student in every school around the world (for a start)? Would this not begin to bring a much needed awareness to the true harm that drugs bring to our bodies, our lives and all to all of us as a society? …And how could we not do this… now that we have been offered such a clear picture of the real threat and horrendous harm that drugs represent ??

      1. You make a great point Jo Elmer about how we could start to educate our youth about this harmful drug and with understanding there is a possibility that some may take note and not go down the road of any drug which lets face it is mind altering and not our natural state.

  2. This blog lifts a huge veil of ignorance off the subject of Meth. The first thing I thought of when I read the title was of a show that aired a couple of years ago called ‘Breaking Bad’ – Yes their were grim moments and realities of the drug world were similar but it was covered in a layer of glamor for the TV, it wasn’t something that was starkly allowing you to see the reality of what this drug entails. With anecdotal evidence you get the sense that the person has an authority on the subject as they have lived it and not just theorised, a feeling of the person who has experienced the situation and in that there is more inspiration to change or say no to drugs. Because an actor or a drugs education teacher reading off a sheet of fear tactics doesn’t come with the same affect that lived experience being shared brings. It’s the ‘Do as I say not as I do’ approach which has never worked, look at religions claiming to ‘love thy neighbour’ and yet go to war or hate or barely tolerate one another, or even as simple as parents telling their children to not do something while they do it themselves. This blog alone opens up so many conversations on every aspect of life.

    1. I agree Leigh Matson that this blog does ‘open up so many conversations on every aspect of life’. Topics such as this need to be more in the public awareness if we are to ever deal with what is going on in our world. Everyone knows and can at some level feel this are escalating out of control and drugs is now such a big part of society that its time we really started talking about it. Saying nothing changes nothing and we all know that one.

  3. I agree with your comment Shevon – I too learnt a lot about drugs in our world today on reading this well researched well informed blog. Thank you Simple Living Global for starting this much needed conversation.

    1. This is great that some of you are saying you have ‘learnt a lot about drugs in our world today’ because of what Simple Living Global are presenting. We plan to continue in our series called The Raw Truth about Drugs and upload one blog a month about drugs and this will of course include sugar and alcohol. We tend to thing drugs as crack cocaine but rarely do we say sugar is a drug.
      Simple Living Global does research to bring awareness and alert humanity of the raw truth about what is going on. This is not campaigning, fighting to bring change or anything like that. Just a website dedicated to expressing what we all know is the truth in a simple easy access down to earth language.

    2. Websites like this are needed so more people have access to the facts about what is going on in our world today.

      If the world was a business who on earth would invest in buying shares?

      Lets get real – we all know just from these statistics presented on this blog and all those posted on other blogs on this website thus far, that it is not a business that is successful or doing well by any account.

      Websites like Simple Living Global are in it for the long haul and just reading the news headlines there will always be something to write about to alert the world that something is clearly not working every week.

      It has been a year and we have delivered a quality blog every week and there is nothing that will stop us continuing to do the same for next year.

  4. As I gather the real story about drugs as presented by this author, as collected from former users and statistics gathered from the field of real-life I find it absurd that we could still be fussing around “In carefully controlled laboratory studies…”! Is anyone actually thinking that we need to “prove” drugs to be harmful or show how drugs damage the body and mind? Is this just busy work to look like we care… or what?

    We need to use common sense in order to take responsibility… Is this why there seems to be so little common sense being used these days? Are we not willing to deal with the mess we are in? …because our struggles and suffering wont get any better until we do…

    Like the author, let us see the harm, name it, ask questions about it and about ourselves and feel into why the issue exists… This, I feel, can truly lead us out of the painful mess of drug seeking, drug production, drug selling, drug taking and all the multiple resultant & complicated harms.

    I realize it starts with me, being being willing to see and feel what is going on.

    1. This really is a top comment Jo Elmer. You are so right – why on earth are we trying out controlled laboratory studies when we all know deep down that any drug harms the human body and that means it is abuse to our body.
      Common sense and taking Responsibility would make a huge difference if we all started using them today in our everyday life. What you say makes sense “our struggles and suffering won’t get any better until we do..”
      Thank you for confirming that this blog is asking questions and it is high time we all started talking about topics like this and opening our eyes to what is really going on.
      On another note –
      If humanity was a business its share prices would not be worth anything as there is certainly no steady growth in the right direction.

  5. I find it startling to note that Japan and China, for example, have an increasing use of Crystal Meth; two of the world’s largest economies that are very fast-paced. Considering that people use stimulants for work-related as well as recreational purposes – is the increased use of this drug an indicator that this fast paced society can only be sustained through the use of stimulants? As Amphetamines can be used as a performance enhancing drug, have we put our emphasis on performance over and above the effect on our body and well-being?

    1. This is a very interesting angle to draw out about Japan and China. It cuts through the picture I have in my head about drugs – about dark alleys and needles, pills on the dancefloor, bankers snorting cocaine. The idea is confronting that drugs could become a society’s norm for ‘getting through the day’ at work when demands are so high. Something for government, industry leaders and all of us to have a hard look at. There is something very broken if people feel what they can bring to the workplace is simply not enough. Come to think of it, don’t coffee consumption statistics the world over offer us the same reflection?

      1. In response to your comment Jenifer – could it be possible that our start point is we do not feel enough and that comes with us to our workplace. Those at the top also do not feel enough and so more and more is needed and wanted and demanded. Its called ‘business’ and in our modern world it has become one of more more more.
        On that note the drugs used to keep going for whatever reason or to numb the pain, hurt, agony and misery of life are on the rise but not once do we question WHY is the world relying on artificial deeply harmful substances and turning a blind eye to the real consequences to human life.

    2. There could be a message in what you are saying here Shevon about how two of the worlds largest fast paced economies are having increased use of Crystal Meth.
      Has the fast paced got something to do with increased use as you say. Performance in these countries is known and maybe there is more here to examine, discuss and dig deeper. The word QUALITY comes to mind as these countries manufacture and offer our world plenty of material stuff but the question is what is behind the quality if we have statistics telling us something is not right?

  6. Thank you Simple Living Global for this detailed account of what is really going on in our world with Amphetamines. It has been really educational to read. I had no idea of the degree of this level of abuse that is going on globally, or the substances used and the effect they have on the body and mind. Clearly the solutions are not making any difference. A call for responsibility with how we are living and why people reach for these substances, to have an understanding of themselves so able to address what lies beneath makes sense for this very serious global problem.

    1. Great that you have found this blog ‘educational’ Ruth. The author of this blog is not claiming to have any form of formal education but nevertheless is committed to writing and expressing what is needed so the world can wake up and read what one earth is really going on. Once we read we cannot ‘un-read’ and once we feel, we cannot ‘un-feel’ if that makes sense.
      Solutions will never work as it does not address the root cause. Talking to someone in the community yesterday, who is using the force inside their mind to stop alcohol and cocaine may not be the answer. Having been witness to this over and over again, WHY abstaining in this way does not work is not once is it ever considered that maybe when they started drinking alcohol or taking drugs, something was actually going on for them in their life that led them on this substance addiction road. When you open up a conversation like this they tend to have an ‘a-ha’ moment and recall there was something. It is this we need to address and inspire another how to deeply connect to their inner-most essence, in other words who they truly are, if we are to see any real change in our drugs issues.
      On the real life example mentioned here, the person has a father who has been addicted to alcohol and this is the memory of their whole childhood experience. There is more but you get an understanding why someone does what they do instead of judging them.

  7. There is a world wide trend; I have been seeing it, feeling it and being part of it for way too long. We are en-mass not taking individual responsibility to live the truth of who we are; we are cheating our hearts and Not getting away with it. We all know it we just don’t want to fess up.
    (to “fess up” is a common phrase in the USA meaning to admit or confess to something)

    I feel we are all running from our choice not to take full responsibility and that this ‘avoidance’ is not only the cause of our own un-ease but it gives the world permission to live life wrong side out; to live with all the trappings or distractions but empty of the true heart felt experience of living each day true-to-who-we-are and able to meet (see) children and others for who they are.

    Now that I know people who are choosing to develop deeper self honesty and responsibility in their own lives (one step at a time, bringing more presence & care into all the little things) and by their inspiration have been able to put my own life right side up, I understand how powerful this is and I Know this is what our world is missing and that No other substitutes will do the job…

    1. Great point you make here Jo about there being a ‘world wide trend’ and it is about us ‘en-mass not taking individual responsibility to live the truth of who we are’.
      However, this may sound a bit way off, whacky or out there if you are taking this crazy medicine or any other drug. But what if there is truth in your statement?
      What if this blog is presenting another way to live that is possible?
      What if ‘no other substitutes will do the job’ as you say?
      Is it time to be open to the possibility that we may just have the answers inside us and no more research is needed?
      Could it be possible that we need to put our common sense hat on and bingo we may just know what to do and what not to do?

  8. An article in the Guardian published on 25th September 2016, tells us of how the invasion of France during World War II was only possible because the tank commanders were high on drugs.

    Pervitin ( methamphetamine) was the drug of choice.

    ‘In 1940, as plans were made to invade France through the Ardennes mountains, a “stimulant decree” was sent out to army doctors, recommending that soldiers take one tablet per day, two at night in short sequence, and another one or two tablets after two or three hours if necessary. The Wehrmacht ordered 35 million tablets for the army and Luftwaffe, and the Temmler factory increased production.’

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/25/blitzed-norman-ohler-adolf-hitler-nazi-drug-abuse-interview

    This is the first time that I am reading this and it really makes sense. How else can a war of this nature be sustained, if some kind of some kind of substance that alters our natural state is not used? War is not a natural way for us relate to each other and so we must have to put ourselves into a very unnatural state to fight in any World War.

    1. Thank you for this reminder about drug use in war and how powerful drugs can be to enable soldiers to override their humanity. It’s a truly sad state of affairs. I am reminded of reading about ‘Modafinil’ some time back – the drug that enables you to ‘time shift’ as you can take it and not sleep for 2 days. One of the use cases was apparently those in combat. How useful for them not to have to sleep and the aim was for them to have a ‘smoother’ experience of that compared to amphetamines. Now you have exam-pressured teens buying it off the internet in the hope it will help them get ahead. I would call that ‘tragic medicine’.

    2. This article link that you mention here Shevon is well worth reading. What sticks out is that the drug allowed 50 hours work without fatigue. But was it ever considered what the harmfull side affects would be?
      Now consider 35 million tablets to supply soldiers to stay alert and do what they are told and then the factory increased production. This is serious stuff.

      How un-natural does it get?
      We as humans do not innately have anything that divides and separates us. You can put it to the test with our babies and children. So something happens as we grow up and we start to deviate from our natural state.

  9. What an incredible expose. So many statistics and so many hard hitting questions. It leaves no doubt that it truly is time for us to ask WHY.

    I met someone recently who organises exclusive parties on a grand scale. He hires out private residences and hosts hundreds to thousands of well heeled party-goers every month in various countries. He shared how drugs are at the centre of it all. Apparently, ‘back in the day’ (early 1990s), the drugs were ‘light’ and brought people together, compared to now when even cocaine is considered a ‘baby’ drug. People now are looking for the harder stuff that cuts off their sense of risk and the behaviour at these parties follows accordingly – unprotected group sex, extreme fetish etc. with no sense of who you are with and little or no memory of it after. And that’s what these parties are about – the drugs. They would be nothing without them. What are they seeking? Intimacy and connection? Trying to find a more they feel there must be? An escape from the emptiness? Thousands of people coming together like this. Not caring what happens.

    I have had my own small experience of this on the club scene growing up. I heard the stories – a guy whose jaw burned away because of what his speed was cut with; people sitting dead all night with people dancing around them… Noone listened. It didn’t feel real enough.

    What will make it feel real enough?

    1. What you are sharing here Jenifer is valuable as it comes from real life.
      We are never going to get statistics about these ‘well heeled party-goers’ who consider cocaine as a ‘baby drug’. They want the hard stuff to bury something and this is what we are not talking about.
      When we alter our natural state, which lets face it is WHY people want to go to these parties – we do not have to take any RESPONSIBILITY. If these drugs can numb and bury everything and forget what happened the next day we want this. It serves us. It helps us to keep going and never question anything. It helps us function and operate in life.
      Unprotected group sex and extreme sexual behaviour where thousands are going is speaking volumes. These people are not the drug addicts we label in society or those living in deprived areas. This is the good, nice, better than most, who hold down jobs, have money and live like perfect citizens.
      Without blaming the organisers and all those who choose to attend with their own Free Will – how is this contributing to our nations health and well-being?
      How is this supporting our Youth?
      How are we behaving as role models for our future generations?
      WHY are these parties so popular now?

      Remove the drugs factor, as you say Jenifer then what would happen is the question?
      Would we all have to get real and get honest about what is going on in our life.
      http://simplelivingglobal.com/get-real-get-honest-and-get-to-truth/

      But are we ready for another way of living?
      http://simplelivingglobal.com/is-there-another-way/

      If not – then WHAT ARE WE AVOIDING AND WHY?

  10. http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2016/12/19/half-rehab-clients-addicted-ice/

    Australia’s largest rehabilitation service – Odyssey House have released an annual report saying Amphetamine addiction has become the leading problem for 1 in 2 people seeking treatment for drug and alcohol dependence.

    WHY?
    CEO Julie Babineau tells us –

    More accessible
    More cheaper
    Instant kick
    Get it more pure
    More addictive

    If things get expensive, users will substitute the drug with alcohol.
    Alcohol has remained a significant problem during the year.
    By the way the statistics are already out of date so what is the real true figure today?

    “The average age for first intoxication with alcohol or other drugs was as young as 12-13 years old, compared to 16-17 year olds noted in 2003.

    So what exactly is this report telling us about one country?
    Reading this blog you will be left in no doubt that this is a global problem and it is not going away.

    If we study and read between the lines in this news article, it would be fair to say that drug users will do what it takes to get the stuff to alter their natural state of being.

    WHY were our older teenagers going to drugs and alcohol back in 2003?
    WHY has the age got younger and what is this saying about the future?

    What on earth is going on at home and school?

    WHY are our kids not communicating?
    WHY are our children not choosing to share what they truly feel?
    WHY are we not role models for our youth today?
    WHY are the adults in our community not doing their bit?
    Where is our RESPONSIBILITY as parents or custodians of our youth today?
    WHY are we not able to collectively come together and discuss this global crisis?
    WHY are we not going to the root cause of WHY our kids are turning to alcohol and drugs in the first place?
    Is this making sense?

  11. This is a powerful article on the dangers and addictiveness of this very harmful drug.

    With amphetamine being created in Germany in the late 1800’s and methamphetamine being created by the Japanese chemist, Akira Ogata in 1919, these drugs have been around for quite some time.

    I have just finished a book called “BLITZED” by Norman Ohler.

    It tells the story of how the entire German armed forces and a great many of the German population were taking methamphetamines in a product called ‘Pervitin’. It also tells how Adolf Hitler himself was taking and was addicted to many drugs given to him, pervitin, cocaine, heroin, eukodal, by his personal physician Dr. Theo Morell.

    Because of his self-deluded importance in thinking that his decisions were the only ones that mattered, Hitler demanded that he be kept ready, alert and awake. Because Hitler’s body was becoming more used to the dosage, Morell had to keep increasing the potency of the product.

    By the end of the war in 1945, Hitler’s body had all but given up on him.

    The drugs had taken their toll and Hitler’s subordinates were repulsed and pitiful of who they now saw in front of them.

    In 1928, in Berlin alone, 73 kilos of morphine and heroin were sold and anyone who could afford it took cocaine and were all sold legally from any chemist shop.

    In 1933 when the Nazi party took control, they made using drugs taboo.

    From a man who hated drugs and would put nothing harmful into his body, being vegetarian, no alcohol, no coffee to what he became shows how insidious drug use is.

    Something that is used for relief, very quickly turns into an addiction.

  12. I read in the Metro newspaper this evening that there is a warning over the rise of the Spice drug that leaves users frozen in place, turning them into “The Walking Dead”. It is a new blend. ‘The psychoactive drug is said to be mixed with a fish tranquilliser given to koi carp to keep them calm during being transported’.
    This drug is literally leaving users frozen in position, in a catatonic state.

    The homeless are being targeted – Homeless charity Lifeshare estimates 95% of young homeless people are taking this drug”.

    Here is an article from the mail online with video – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4284612/Homeless-people-look-like-walking-dead-Spice.html

    I find this really shocking and deeply concerning.

  13. Recent news reports have spoken of the imminent closure of a bank known for its ethical standards, which have its roots dating back to the late 1800’s.

    The organisation came about when small retailers came together to increase their buying power. They formed a society with the intention that it would be for the members, run by the members and to be ethically minded in all businesses, especially where the banking is concerned.

    In recent years a new big boss took over the reins as the new boss of the bank.

    4 years later he gets kicked off the board following his conviction for possessing and using cocaine, crystal meth and ketamine.

    It was while he was the boss of the bank that the bank lost a lot of money in the merger with another well-known building society and with an injection of £1 billion from private investors, the bank now only owns 30% of their own bank.

    With an extra £500 million of bad loans, the bank has never recovered from this £1.5 billion deficit.

    Was he a bad businessman or did the drugs have a huge effect on his decision-making?

    If a company bases its approach on ethical considerations, shouldn’t it follow then, that the people running the company should be just as ethical in all areas of their life?

    Whatever the reasons for anyone’s drug use, the consequences are huge, not only for the user’s themselves, but also for any family, friends or work colleagues.

  14. So we are not born to take drugs and where do these drugs come from are my type of questions?

    Who thinks about creating drugs and for what purpose?

    I have worked inside jail and seen the raw real truth about what drugs do and the harm it causes, not just to the offender but so many others who they affect.

    Amphetamines and all the other long list of names this drug has is way off the scale now in our world and we seem to keep coming up with more drugs to mix it with and these cocktails are lethal.

    How damaging has our world become where we read news stories like a residential home explosion where they were using it to make amphetamine drugs? The whole town was affected and think of our community resources needed to deal with this.

    Banning it and making it illegal has not stopped the production of Amphetamines. It has simple driven it underground. Our dark world continues to supply the demand we want, so the cycle continues.

    What we need now is to ask WHY anyone would need to take such a highly toxic substance called Amphetamine and what on earth is going on in their life that they want to poison their mind and body?

    If we don’t ask questions how are we ever going to get to the root of WHY this is happening in our modern 21st century world?

    AND we call ourselves the most intelligent species on earth?
    Hello – join the dots as something is seriously not right here.

  15. In an article by The Economist – 17th – 23rd June, p.47 the writer states that the focus on the opioids epidemic in the USA is actually overshadowing the growing problem with methamphetamines (meth).

    Brian Lockerby – Head of Montana’s Division of Criminal Investigation said that
    He had never seen the state of Montana so awash with meth.
    Infants are being born hooked on it.
    Parents of nearly 33% of children in Montana’s foster care are meth users.

    Nationwide –
    33% of American Law Enforcement agencies ranked meth as the biggest drug threat in their area.
    (National Drug Threat Assessment, 2016).

    Also in 2016, 43% of Law Enforcement agencies in South-East USA and 71% in South-West USA listed meth as the biggest drug threat locally.
    In 2009 the figures were 23% in the South-East and 57% in the South-West.

    Post the 2005 USA legislation restricting the use of certain ingredients being used in medicines (The Combat Methampetamine Epidemic Act 2005 –
    mentioned in this blog on Amphetamines by Simple Living Global) meth did not disappear from the USA, but went to Mexico for production.

    The Economist article goes further in exposing that most of the meth consumed in the USA today is smuggled in from Mexico – often liquified and disguised in gas tanks or resealed iced tea cans with chemists in Mexico produce masses of the drug in professional laboratories.

    Purity in meth has increased from 40% in late 2007 to above 90% in early 2016.

    The price has also decreased from $293 per pure gram to $66 in the same period.

    Between 2010 – 2014, 85-90% of psychostimulant deaths mentioned methamphetamine on the death certificate.

    Local studies in Oregon and Texas show deaths from meth increasingly sharply. This is due to its potency.

    The article closes by saying that Meth kills by slowing or stopping breathing and overdosing on it is less likely than opioids.

    A study in Sydney in 2010 suggested that meth users were almost twice as likely as heroin users to have committed violent acts in the previous year and that there is no medical treatment in existence for meth use like there is opiods.

    This is serious and thank you to the Economist for reporting on this and opening our eyes to what is going on.

    This is one drug and this synopsis tells us that we are in a very bad way. It’s easy to turn our heads and say it’s those drug users over there but more and more people from all walks of life are using methamphetamines and so the poignant question of ‘what is going on in life to enable the growth of this one drug?’ is to be asked.

    Legislating against it has made no difference and has just allowed it to go even more underground where it is now being trafficked into the USA.

    I can only express a heartfelt thank you to Simple Living Global for having this platform where very important topical issues can be discussed.

    Whilst I can’t stop the methamphetamine epidemic or the rise of any drug, single handedly, what I can and am doing is making it my business to find out what is happening in the world and asking questions so that we no longer settle for life as it is, as we know that it can be very, very different and so the question to all of us is –
    Why are we settling for less in our lives?

  16. http://www.inforum.com/news/4314828-meth-still-regions-drug-choice-and-its-gaining-popularity

    News story – 20 August 2017

    Figures from law enforcement and addiction treatment specialists in North Dakota and Minnesota show that Meth remains the most commonly used hard drug in the region and the popularity of methamphetamine does not seem to be waning.

    489% increase from 2009 to 2016 in Methamphetamine seizures.

    70 – 80% pure is the user-quantity level.

    Methamphetamine crosses all socioeconomic boundaries says Brian Marquart from Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

    “What we are seeing is alarming. Methamphetamine use is now second only to alcohol for treatment admissions in Minnesota” says Emily Piper, Department of Human Services Commissioner.

    The question here is how are we going to stop this?
    Are the treatments and all the rehabilitation keeping us one step ahead?
    Do we need to look closely at the movements from the Mexican drug cartels?
    Are we going to demand that our governments take real action?
    Are we as individuals going to look at what our personal Responsibility is here?
    Are we in a cycle of destruction that cannot see a way out?
    Are we looking in the wrong direction and just coming up with better solutions?
    Are we going to change our focus and put all our research into finding out WHY someone takes meth in the first place?
    Are we as a community, a country, a world ready to do what it takes to nail this and all other drugs so that one day we can report statistics that confirm we are on top of this?

    Dear World
    Are we going to wait for even more studies and research or are we going to wait for more news stories like this, to tell us that Methamphetamines are a dangerous substance and not for human consumption?

  17. Drugs are in the news today – differently so from this blog but nonetheless – we are in danger in society today to be living life reliant on drugs to get us through:

    “The use of potentially addictive painkillers across England has doubled in the last 15 years, according to a report by leading public health experts. Researchers found one in 20 people was being prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Codeine and Tramadol. They also found that drugs were being prescribed for longer periods of time. Experts say long-term use leads to a risk of addiction while the benefits become greatly reduced.”

    “But out of a population who are taking these drugs, the majority are not benefiting and they should be supported to come off these medicines.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41201397#

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