What’s crystal meth?
It’s a psychostimulant from the methamphetamine group that includes “speed” and MDMA, also called “Ecstasy” or “Molly.” These accelerate the release of the brain’s pleasure chemical dopamine.
, also known by the street names “shard,” “shabu” and “Tina,” is the purest, most potent — and subsequently, most addictive — the form of methamphetamine. Its ice-like granules can be smoked, injected, swallowed or snorted.
Where did it come from?
Crystal meth first synthesized more than a century ago, meth was used by both sides in World War II to keep their troops awake. It became a particular problem in Central Europe in the 1970s when a former chemistry student in then-Czechoslovakia, who went by the nickname “Freud,” discovered an easy way to make the drug — known locally as perverting using an over-the-counter cough medication.