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

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Law enforcement officers are seizing the drug - which is found in forms like crystal meth and fake ecstasy tablets - more frequently, Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said Wednesday in a news release. Evan Macdonald,, "Methamphetamine's prevalence increased last year in Cuyahoga County, medical examiner says," 14 Feb. 2018 Andrew Laurence/Chicago Laboratory/US Customs and Border Protection Once the agency sent him little Tupperware containers full of crystal meth seized in Southern California. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Forensic pollen scientists are helping the US track opioids," 6 June 2019 Police found crystal meth and mushrooms in his hotel room. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "What the latest report on skin care company Deciem reveals about its troubled founder," 3 Dec. 2018 His tough stance on shabu (crystal meth), and against the criminal networks supplying it, later appealed to voters nationally. The Economist, "A new book explores the myths and reality of Rodrigo Duterte’s life," 21 June 2018 Peters said Risinger was in possession of a crystal meth. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Man arrested after using pliers to smash the windshield of a tour bus on the Parks Highway, troopers say," 16 June 2018 Hancock was also in possession of a firearm, 1.7 grams of crystal meth and a glass pipe, police said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Snapchat leads to clients' arrest after alleged drug dealer mixes up own phone number with cop's," 14 June 2018 That's when officers discovered a secret compartment stitched into the backpack that contained 1.1 kilograms of crystal meth. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "A trip to meet her online boyfriend in Shanghai ended in drug charges. And now a death sentence.," 24 May 2018 That amount reportedly equates to 454 kilograms of crystal meth. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Truck's fuel tank hid $90M worth of liquid meth; 2 men arrested," 20 May 2018

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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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The first known use of crystal meth was in 1969

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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