Stimulant use and abuse often blurs the line between prescription and illicit drug use. A stimulant can be anything from Nicotine to Crystal Meth & Cocaine to prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin.
Montana is notorious for illegal methamphetamine labs due to remote areas and easy access to ingredients to "cook" the drug most commonly known as Crystal Meth. Other names include Ice, Tina, Chrissy & Glass.
Methamphetamine abuse is a worldwide epidemic and accounts for nearly 60% of those seeking drug abuse treatment in some areas.
So if Meth is so popular, what could be wrong with it? Nothing is wrong with Meth if you don't mind the consequences to your body, health and life:
This is the typical path of meth addicts and is not a joke. All it takes is one time to get addicted and ruin your life. Don't take our word for it, see for yourself in this HBO documentary produced largely in Kalispell, Montana.
MDMA or "Ecstasy" is a party drug also known as "Molly". Sound's pretty harmless, right? Let's take a look at the history and current status of "Molly".
MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) was originally developed in 1912 by the Merk pharmaceutical company. In 1953 the US Army began testing the drug for use in psychological warfare. In the 1970s, MDMA became a popular "party drug" and was actually legal until 1985, sold under the brand name "Ecstasy".
Here is what the drug dealers won't tell you when selling you happy pills. What is called "Ecstasy" today is more like Crystal Meth than MDMA. They are marketed as MDMA, Ecstasy and Molly, but are actually varying mixtures of dangerous drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, rat poison, caffeine and even dog deworming pills.
These mixtures of poisons are then dyed in pretty Easter Egg like colors and then stamped with symbols like smiley faces to make them look enticing and harmless. This is what makes this drug extremely dangerous. You never know what you are getting. The facts are it is surely not MDMA, but more likely a concoction that came from drain cleaner or rat poison that can kill even a young, healthy person.
Think about this if anyone offers you "Molly":
Many dealers are now passing off GHB as "Ecstasy" or "Molly". GHB is a nervous system depressant, which you might know better as the "Date Rape Drug".
Recently, Marijuana has been legalized in two states for recreational use for adults, putting the drug into the same class as alcohol. Marijuana, Weed or Mary Jane are all names for the controversial drug that is hardly new to the scene. The hemp plant has been used for thousands of years for both medicinal and commercial purposes.
What is the difference between Marijuana and Commercial Hemp? Not much on the outside. Hemp is a commercial crop that is utilized in products such as paper, cloth and rope that is far superior to materials such as cotton and paper produced from cutting trees. This doesn't mean you should try smoking your hoodie you purchased that was made from hemp fibers - these crops do not contain the active ingredient in Marijuana.
The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in Marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is not found in commercial hemp crops. It is however, found in Marijuana.
So why is Marijuana prescribed?
Marijuana is prescribed for pain and other uses by doctors in roughly 40% of the states in the US. One thing you should take into consideration is that many of these patients are undergoing the horribly painful process of chemo-therapy for cancer. Others have incurable diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis.
All my friends smoke weed, why shouldn't I smoke it too?
Here are a few simple facts: