Use of addictive, deadly crystal meth grows across the nation

Use of addictive, deadly crystal meth grows across the nation

(WWBT) - Crystal meth is quickly becoming one of the most common, and deadly drugs in the country.

It destroys many of the lives of those who try it, with some users saying they're addicted almost instantly and this drug isn't just a big city problem.

"Everyone was doing it and it was cheaper and the people around me were not what you would typically think of as a meth head so it made it seem less scary I guess," said Daphne, a former meth addict who did not want to be identified.

Methamphetamine is not a rich man's drug. It's being consumed by working class people, and can be made in your own backyard.

"It's become a huge problem that no one talks about and everyone's doing," Daphne said.

It's something police departments across the country battle.

"We saw a transition probably four or five years ago to the one pop method or shake and bake method where meth was then being manufactured in a Gatorade bottle or a soda bottle," said Major Tommy Ford. "So it went from that elaborate lab set up to where they could manufacture smaller quantities but in these one pop method or just in a soda bottle."

When Daphne took her first hit, she was 18.

"I felt like I was always getting things accomplished but in reality we weren't getting much accomplished," she said. "You'd do things halfway, then quit, and then go do another thing."

Daphne and her boyfriend would spend at least $300 a week on meth.

"We counted out his child's piggy bank to afford a bag," she described. "That's the things that meth will turn you into to doing things that you don't even really realize are bad. Later on you look back and you're like I can't believe I did that."

After a year of addiction, she got pregnant.

Daphne stopped using, and her son was born with no adverse effects. She considers herself one of the lucky ones.

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