Since the rebirth of methamphetamine in the 1990's, a lot has transcended on its intake, development and effects. The law enforcement agencies have also come up with spur on the fight against it. In America and the vast Asia, meth has become widespread because of its manufacture in a normal home environment using readily available chemicals concoctions from local pharmaceutical stores. The producers, traffickers, dealers, and consumers have derived meth street names that enable organizations to succeed in disguise. The names resemble characteristics related to the drug production (color, structure, and form) the culture of the peers using it, the place of origin, or even the effects it has on the abusers and many other factors.
Whereas crystal Meth is merely a street drug, in its proper amount, pharmacologists administer prescription methamphetamine as an over-the-counter medication for people with disorders like obesity, narcolepsy, and Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The manufacturing process of meth involves a series of pseudoephedrine reduction (an element found in allergy and cold drugs). A sequence of red, white and blue process removes Hydrogen in the hydroxyl group on pseudoephedrine molecule where the typical meth takes its street name. The red comes from continuously hitting phosphorus for longer periods, white from ephedrine and blue from iodine. In retrospect, names like "redneck heroin" "blue acid", blue belly", "blue devils", "blue funk", "white pony", "white cross", "white lady", "white fumes" "white junky", and "white crunch" are all coined from the production as well as the color of the crystal (white).
Making meth is a dangerous task in itself and even worst when conducted in a home surrounding. People who make the drug are at enormous risk of gas contamination and to the extreme even explosions. Red phosphorus contains sodium hydroxide that produces toxic phosphine gas when overheated. Other harmful gases produced in the system include chloroform, acetone, hydrochloric acid, mercury, and ether can cause suffocation leading to death. White phosphorus has reactive lithium and sodium elements that can trigger and blow the meth lab. There have been numerous cases of meth blowing directly on the hands of those who prepare it in their lab imitates. Common street names that arise out of the dangerous attributes associated with meth include Devils drug, jab, meth monsters, poison, toasted, bomb and rocket fuel.
Meth originates from India and China small-scale pharmaceutical producers in its legitimate form that we mentioned (pseudoephedrine). Vast quantities of this chemical legally purchased for the appropriate course get tapped by illegal international dealers, for example, the Mexican cartels who pocket lucrative profits in the process. Transportation to super-labs in Asia and USA and also small-scale producers who make meth takes effect like clock work. Users across the world secretly access meth where the street names stems. For instance, up to 70% of USA meth comes with Mexican immigrants who hide within law abiding Hispanic populations.
A number of meth street names associated with the Mexican border in southwest Arizona include Fatch, Fedrin, or Cri-Cri. The Hispanic community in Southern California call it "Scante", people in Colorado know it as "snow" or "motivation", "shia" in Missouri, "sprung" in Mississippi, "junk" in San Diego, "Horse Mumpy" in Florida and "20/20 Clear vision" in Hawaii. Asia has a number of street names for meth; batak or bato in Philippines, Batu Kilat (shining rocks) in Malaysia, and "holy smoke" in Hong Kong.
Mostly meth derive its street names out of the inebriate effects individuals find themselves in during ecstatic episodes. The street names include: "Anything going on", "billy whiz" (named after a cartoon character who is always high), "coffee", "ice cream", "cookies", "crank", "go-fast", "gyp", "homework" (because of its means of intake), "love" the list is endless.
Meth street names are common among abusers as a way of hiding it from law enforcers. Recent Meth statistics shows that up to 13 million people 12 years and above have abused the drug one way or another. How many of these have abused the drug without their free will for the lack of knowledge that it was meth trading with a fancy street name? Given the innocent age group always at risk, the number might have been devastatingly large. Therefore, it is imperative to teach and foster street drugs information to the susceptible people. However, if it is too late for that there is always a holistic approach in rehab institutions to help relapse from the side effects of the drug.