Meth is an extremely unpredictable and hazardous illicit drug. Any use of it comes with a multitude of dangers.
Buying it online can increase the potential risk factors associated with the drug, adding even more dangers. You run the risk of getting meth that is laced with other drugs, compounding the chances of overdose. You also could be arrested and face severe criminal penalties for the purchase.
Meth, or methamphetamine, is a Schedule II controlled substance per the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
There is a prescription form of the drug on the market, but the majority of meth in the United States is illegal and intended for recreational use because of the intense and euphoric high it can produce.
Meth is a synthetic stimulant drug that is often made from cough and cold medications containing amphetamines. Since these products have become more difficult to obtain in bulk in the United States, the DEA reports that most of the meth found in America today originated in Mexican clandestine laboratories.
Meth can also be purchased online. Most of the sellers are based in foreign countries, and they ship the drug nearly anywhere in the world.
Much of the time, illegal drugs for sale on the internet are found in back channels and underground sites, such as those found on the dark web. These sites accept cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, as payment. These forms of payment are harder to trace, and the transactions are often thought to be anonymous.
As the buyer, you may never know exactly who you are purchasing these products from. It could be a neighbor, someone far away in another country, or even an undercover police officer.
Importing drugs from other countries into the United States is a felony. If convicted on federal charges, you could end up in jail. Your package could easily be seized, and you could be arrested on drug trafficking and possession charges.
Public Radio International (PRI) reports that one of the top online marketplaces is selling meth right out in the open.
While the company is looking to crack down on vendors engaging in criminal activities, such as illegal drug distribution, these products are still for sale right next to everyday household products like light bulbs.
Illegitimate vendors are often trying to scam buyers. A person is not likely to report a drug dealer for stealing their money when the product never shows up. This could open you up to a charge for soliciting illegal drugs, so that means you really have little recourse if you are ripped off.
Meth is already an extremely unpredictable drug, and its purity can be highly variable. One dose may be purer than another, which can make it hard to know how much to take and what might be too much.
According to Forbes, meth purity has risen in recent years. Much of the drug found in the U.S. now is around 93 percent pure, which makes it highly potent. Higher potency means a bigger risk of overdose with lower amounts.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) warns that a meth overdose can cause:
When you buy meth, you never know exactly what you are getting. You may not even get meth at all. It could be fake or contain a variety of other substances.
The DEA warns that fentanyl is showing up in the meth supply, often as a result of contamination during the manufacturing process. Fentanyl is a highly potent opioid drug that is a depressant, which is the opposite of meth.
When combined, these two drugs can counteract each other and increase the odds for fatal overdose. They also can amplify all possible side effects, including the rate of drug dependence and the risk for addiction.
Buying meth from any source is always risky. The best way to avoid the potential adverse side effects of the drug is not to buy and use it all.
Testing a batch of meth for purity and potency is possible. If you do, you can at least know what might be in the drug you are taking and how to dose it in such a way to minimize the risk for overdose.
Meth may be cut with other products or drugs when it is made or before it is distributed to try and stretch the product and profits. Common products like sugars, starches, or salts may be used. Other drugs like cocaine, heroin, other stimulants or bath salts, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and prescription drugs may be used as meth adulterants.
A test kit can ensure that a product is meth, and it can also potentially determine if there are other drugs in the batch. For example, certain test kits can detect the presence of fentanyl.
Meth is a dangerous and unpredictable drug that is best avoided.
Any site that sells meth is operating illegally. Many dangers accompany buying meth online. It’s just not worth the risk.
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