Methamphetamine abuse remains a devastating epidemic throughout pockets of the United States, including the Midwest and Hawaii. As estimated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2010, over 300,000 Americans are current meth abusers—a trend which has seen some improvement, but which requires law enforcement and anti-drug activists to remain active and vigilant in combating crystal meth addiction.
Basic Facts About Meth
The high-energy rush and feelings of euphoria produced by meth have made meth infamously one of the most popular and addictive drugs amongst partygoers and ravers. (A rave is an all-night party held in large warehouses or other similar locations, usually changing spots each time. Raves are known to be a popular scene for drugs like meth, LSD, ecstasy and other hallucinogenic club drugs. Although many of these events are promoted as “drug-free,” they are more commonly overcrowded scenes rampant with club drug use.)
Because meth is cheap to obtain and relatively easily manufactured using common over-the-counter products, the substance is more accessible than other street drugs in some areas.
The substance is a powerful and extremely addictive central nervous system stimulant that is manufactured using ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in common cold medicines, and other chemicals including:
- Lithium batteries
- Paint thinner
- Drain cleaner
- Red phosphorous
- Muriatic acid
A batch of meth can be produced in a short amount of time for little money in local makeshift labs commonly found in homes, garages and motel rooms. Doing so is of course highly dangerous and can result in house fires, explosions and chemical exposure-related health issues.
Why is Meth a Popular Club Drug?
Meth induces strong feelings of confidence, increased energy, heightened alertness and suppresses fatigue and hunger. The initial pleasurable rush of a meth high lasts only a few minutes, while the lasting euphoric effects of the drug can last anywhere from 6-12 hours.
Hugs and Kisses – The New Club Drug
“Hugs and Kisses” is a common street name for a drug combination popular amongst the young rave scene. Hugs and Kisses combines methamphetamine and ecstasy (MDMA), delivering stimulant, euphoric and hallucinogenic effects simultaneously for a more powerful and longer-lasting high. Such a combination is risky and unpredictable, and can lead to a number of health risks including seizures and death.
The use of Hugs and Kisses, which is also known as “Super X” and “Party and Play,” can occur in some young people for a number of different reasons:
- A desire to fit in or look cool
- A means of escaping peer pressure or bullying
- Emotional situations at home or with a friend; use of drugs to escape pain
- Boredom—lack of goals or motivation
- Improper or no education on the dangers of drugs
The strong correlation between meth and the rave scene has only been increased, based on what we know about the use of Hugs and Kisses. If you suspect your child, a friend or loved one is abusing this drug, act quickly to get help.
Newfangled “drug cocktails” are unpredictable and are linked to a number of adverse reactions as well as severe addiction. Early detection can play a large role in the successful treatment of addiction to club drugs such as meth, ecstasty and Hugs and Kisses.
For more information on methamphetamine addiction or addiction to club drugs call Narconon at 1-800-468-6933.