crystal meth

variants: or less commonly crystal methamphetamine

Definition of crystal meth

: methamphetamine in the form of crystals of its hydrochloride salt C10H15N·HCl when used illicitly for smoking, snorting, or injecting Crystal meth is so addictive that users often need to make several attempts to break their habit.— Jeremy Quittner

called also crank, crystal, ice

Examples of crystal meth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spurred by his own fierce addiction, Roger Dale used his connections to gain access to mass quantities of nearly pure crystal meth, dispensing kilograms of drugs that had been smuggled into the region from cartel labs in Mexico., "How this couple ran a ‘redneck’ meth empire in an Appalachian county ravaged by addiction," 25 Nov. 2019 But the sudden abundance of methamphetamine reflects a new reality in Louisa and elsewhere: A very public push to end opioid abuse has unwittingly ushered in the return of crystal meth. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "In a Town Where Meth Is Eclipsing Opioids, Everyone Feels the Pain," 28 Mar. 2020 The police found three small plastic bags of what appeared to be crystal meth in the room at the Mondrian Hotel in Miami’s South Beach. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Andrew Gillum, Who Ran for Florida Governor, Is Entering Rehab," 15 Mar. 2020 Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was involved in a crystal meth incident in Miami Beach, according to police. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Andrew Gillum involved in Miami Beach crystal meth incident," 13 Mar. 2020 In a journal, Moore also accused Buck of getting him hooked on crystal meth in the first place. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Democratic donor Ed Buck pleads not guilty to federal drug charges," 10 Oct. 2019 Albany says about half of them are hooked on crystal meth. Finding Joe Murphy,, "Joe Murphy, Red Wings' No. 1 pick, is homeless again — and refusing help," 8 Aug. 2019 Police said Turner was clutching a small white bag filled with a rock-like substance believed to be crystal meth when officers tried to handcuff him. Abigail Feldman,, "Man arrested for breaking into car in Charlestown, possession of crystal meth," 5 Jan. 2020 Records show arrests at the house include charges for possession of crack cocaine, crystal meth and heroin; and aggravated assaults with deadly weapons, among others. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio sues to shut down East Side house, hub of criminal activity," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of crystal meth

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crystal meth

meth short for methamphetamine

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“Crystal meth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crystal meth

: an illegal drug in the form of crystals that causes you to feel more energetic and alert when you smoke it

crystal meth

variants: or crystal methamphetamine

Medical Definition of crystal meth

: methamphetamine in the form of crystals of its hydrochloride salt C10H15N·HCl when used illicitly for smoking, snorting, or injecting

called also crank, crystal, ice

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