Pharmaceutical drugs are always manufactured to serve a good purpose; however, it cannot be denied that some turn out to cause harm, maybe due to the overall health background or weak immune system of others, thus they react to the drugs’ chemical compositions more negatively than positively. It could also be that the drugs were not really tested exhaustively, but was approved, nonetheless and released for prescription despite the lack of knowledge with regard to their actual potential dangers, or despite their positive effects, the users becomes too dependent on them, abusing them instead, thus resulting to negative effects.

When the drug methamphetamine was discovered in 1919 no one supposed that it would end up being labeled by the US Congress (in 1971) as a Schedule II drug (that is, a drug that has an accepted medical use, but is under severe restrictions due to the high potential of abuse by the user).

With its chemical cousin amphetamine, the wide use of methamphetamine happened in the early 1940s in treatment of various forms of disorders, such as depression, alcoholism, narcolepsy, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tagged previously as a minimal brain dysfunction or behavioral syndrome. The drug, sold under the names Desoxyn and Methedrine, was also used the keep World War II US soldiers alert.

Currently, both methamphetamine and amphetamine are used to control weight (due to its formulation that decreases appetite), for stamina and better performance among athletes, to keep truckers awake in order to complete long hauls and to treat mild depression. Prolonged or increased use of methamphetamine, however, can lead to paranoia, disordered thinking, aggression, extreme mood swings, psychosis, increased blood pressure, loss of appetite, sleeplessness and, at times, hallucinations. Heavy users who will discontinue use of the drug may experience severe depression, fearfulness, anxiety, lethargy and withdrawal symptoms.

Having been classified as Schedule II drug, use and possession (and worse, selling or intent to sell illegally) of methamphetamine, outside medical use, is considered a crime both under federal and states laws. A conviction can mean costly fines and jail term (the length of which depends on the amount of methamphetamine possessed. A felony conviction means a much longer imprisonment compared to a misdemeanor). Besides the drug, however, laws also prohibit the possession of the chemicals and paraphernalia used in its manufacture.

Methamphetamine, which can be manufactured as a rock-like or white powdery substance is made from chemicals. It is also known as “glass,” “speed,” “crank,” “ice” and “crystal meth,” and its use vary as it can be smoked, swallowed, injected or snorted.

A charge of a meth-related crime is a serious matter that requires nothing short of a very good and strong defense from a highly competent lawyer. If charged with a meth-related crime, contacting a criminal defense lawyer from the Flaherty Defense Firm would be a very wise move as this will definitely be in the best interest of the person being accused of the crime