by Jack Sinclair
I gotta admit that I never really put much thought into Crystal Meth or the effects it could have on people until this whole thing happened with Monika. You never really think that something this serious could happen to somebody that you know, and then all of a sudden you turn around and your sister’s best friend is a Meth addict. I guess it just goes to show you that it doesn’t take much for this drug to get you in its grip and not let go.
Crystal Meth is pretty much a mix of lighter fluid and laundry detergent that people voluntarily put into their bodies, because it gives them an energy and focus that they think they can’t have while they’re straight. The effects on the brain and on your central nervous system include raising your respiratory rate, your blood pressure and eventually hallucinations, paranoid delusions and sometimes very aggressive, psychotic behaviour. Monika’s recent actions had to be a result of this. I mean, breaking into somebody’s garage? Beating him unconscious for no apparent reason? Monika?! I didn’t believe it when I heard it either. Then I read about how highly addictive Crystal Meth is and the lengths that people will go to, just so they can hold onto that high for a little longer.
Meth isn’t just dangerous for your mind; it also puts a strain on your physical body as well. The effect that Crystal Meth has on your heart rate, is similar to when you engage in strenuous activity like skydiving or bungi- jumping. The only difference is that when you do these things, you usually give your body some time to get back to normal. With a Meth addiction, there’s no time for your body to relax and take it easy for a bit. Some people go on binges for days without eating, sleeping or resting at all. Eventually their bodies just give up.
What’s scarier than any of this though is just how easy this drug is to get. There are literally hundreds of websites on the internet that talk about Crystal Meth and news reports tell us the drug is becoming an epidemic amongst users. Then there’s the danger of home operations that make Crystal Meth. These labs explode all the time, usually resulting in severe burns for those in the area and at the very worst, death in some cases.
A lot of people think that when it comes to drugs they can ‘just try it once’ to see what it’s like. But the truth is that with a drug like Crystal Meth, there really isn’t such a thing as trying it just once. People start to crave the way it makes them feel and they change into a completely different person. They find themselves doing things that they never would have done in the past. Finally, they get to that point where nothing else matters. And it’s not just people you see on TV or read about in the newspapers. It’s happening all over the country, in towns and cities very close to you.
My heart goes out to Monika and her family, and I hope that she gets herself together so she can remember what life was like before she took this awful drug.