A drug-related crime is a serious offense and leads to sizeable fines and stiff penalties, so that the mere possession of even two ounces of marijuana can result to at least a $2,000 fine and a 180-day imprisonment, besides the charge of either a misdemeanor or felony. But, probably the more regrettable and serious effect of possession, distribution and/or use of illegal drugs is the change it will create in your life, even after you have already served your term (in case of conviction).
A drug-related crime includes possession, use, distribution, selling, trafficking (including manufacture) and delivery of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Methamphetamine, particularly, is an artificial or synthetic addictive substance that is used as a stimulant. It directly affects an individual’s central nervous system and is known to create fast but lasting effects (between 20 minutes to 12 hours). It can be manufactured as a pill, a crystal or powder (in white or yellowish crystalline appearance). This illegal drug may be inhaled, swallowed, smoked or injected by the user, causing him or her to experience an intense “rush,” fixation, mania, organ failure, decreased appetite and increased activity, among others. Its constant use, though, can result to paranoia, delusion, mood disturbances, auditory hallucinations, confusion, anxiety, insomnia and other psychotic (violent) behaviors.
Methamphetamine also creates a withdrawal syndrome in the user and increases in him/her the possibility of acting violently, committing a crime or suicide. Individuals caught in possession of the drug (even a least amount of it) can be made to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and serve a 2-year jail term. Possession of large amounts of methamphetamine, however, can result to 99 years in jail and a $100,000- fine.
People who use the drug have given it various names (probably to make its possession and use less obvious). Some of meth’s (street) names are speed, poor man’s cocaine, trash, uppers, yellow bam, yaba, crank, fire, ice, glass, stove top, and tweak.
Those identified to use methamphetamine include: service and blue collar workers, to give them enough energy for overtime work; student and athletes, who need the “kick” produced by the drug for increased mental and physical performance; young women, who desire to lose weight; and, other individuals, who need to be energized during parties/social nocturnal activities.