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How Can You Tell When It’s Finally Time To Admit You Are Addicted?

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Denying addiction is part of the problem. Eventually, you are so far down the rabbit hole that it’s too late. So how can you spot the signs before you get so far down the rabbit hole that it’s impossible to climb back up again?

In this quick piece, I’m going to give you 10 ways you can spot if you are addicted to anything, and that it’s getting more chronic.

It’s obviously not scientific, but it’s based on my experience. You’ll need honesty, and you’ll have to monitor your doses, frequency of doses, and how you feel on the other side over several weeks to see if things are just getting worse.

 

1. You keep pretending you still have a health problem when you don’t

 

Getting addicted to prescription meds can be a real problem. People won’t admit it, and can even convince their doctor they are still unwell in order to keep getting the drugs. They can even convince themselves they are still in need of them when they are not.

If your doctor is telling you that you are getting better, and your body/mind is telling you are getting better, yet you still keep telling yourself you are not, then it could be related to addiction. Of course, you might still be unwell, but take a step back and look if there is a possibility that you just keep wanting the drugs.

 

2. You need more and more to get the same feelings you use to

 

Whatever you are into that first time can often be the best. The times after that are great as well. If you are a few weeks or months down the line and you are taking significantly more than you were to chase the same high, and you simply aren’t getting the same feelings, then you could be building up a tolerance.

Tolerance is where you need more and more of a substance to get the same hit. It’s a mix of your body getting used to the drug you are taking, and also it’s the dopamine spike diminishing as your body cuts back on its production.

If you feel this is happening to you, then you really need to address the problem because building tolerance means that your habit could be spiraling out of control.

3. You feel worse and worse whenever you are on the comedown

 

Initially, things will be too bad on the other side of the experience. But the more you do it, the worse it gets.

You’ll feel stranger every single time you come down. Worse sweats, worse headaches, tired, with a lack of hunger. You can be confused, shivering when you are sweating, and unable to regulate your body temperature.

Whatever the symptoms on the comedown, if they are getting worse (keeping a diary is good at this point or filming yourself and talking about it), then it’s a sign that you are taking bigger doses more frequently, and your body is struggling more.

 

4. You can’t stop thinking about the drug

 

You find yourself spending more and more time thinking about the drug you are getting addicted to. Thoughts will start to intrude into every part of your life. You’ll think about how it feels, and how you can get more. When can you get the time to enjoy it soon?

You’ll also consider how much you can buy, and when. You will think about your finances and how much you can spare, and then a little more.

You will also spend more time thinking about how bad it is and how you feel afterward. Deep down you know it’s becoming a problem, and you can’t stop thinking about the good and the bad.

 

5. You keep smashing your self-imposed limits

 

If you find you are taking more and more drugs when you said you wouldn’t. That’s a big warning sign.

Also, he said you would only take them every now and again just to feel good and have fun, but now it’s happening more frequently. What started off as a rare treat has crept into more and more frequent use.

It could also be monetary limits getting smashed. You could have set an amount in mind you can spend each week or month, and that’s now been ignored as well. Lack of money is a huge sign of dependence building.

 

6. You’ve lost interest in the things you like to do

 

You will find you start to lose interest in things you used to enjoy doing, and also the people that you used to hang around with, who weren’t into drugs.

Everything will now be about the drugs and the people you take them with, or the people you hang around with in this situation is where you take end up taking them.

Your passion for everything normal in your life will diminish in importance. Sports, friends, children, partners, hobbies, parents, it will all start to seem less important and fade into the background and be replaced by a focus on drugs.

 

7. Completing daily tasks and responsibilities are getting tougher

 

Maybe you’ve started to find it harder to go to work or focus while you are there. It’s very common that work just becomes something in your mind that blocks you from getting close to drugs as quickly as possible.

You may find that you literally drift through your days without really achieving anything, maybe starting to pick up warnings at work as well.

Outside of work, the family could become less important to you. People could pick up on that and there could be more arguments and more accusations.

You may find that stuff like the washing and household chores are mounting up. You are always struggling for plates and cups because they are always laying around and washed. Basically, your domestic situation is beginning to be hand-to-mouth and deteriorating.

8. You start taking risks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

 

Whether it’s one drug, alcohol, many drugs, or a combination, you will find more and more at times that you are taking risks while using them.

It could mean you are driving under the influence for example. Or you could be looking after children, or going to work. Basically, the boundaries between right and wrong, good and bad, and different parts of your life are blurring due to your desire to take what you need. Not to mention you can lose your job due to drug testing at work (to learn how to pass a urine test, click here).

Those risks can also extend your relationship. Risky behavior with other people, such as unprotected sex behind your partner’s back. Behaviors which are just not you, but are obviously risky to your happiness.

9. You start to lose control of your finances

 

You will start to fall behind on your bills. This will happen more and more frequently as you are buying drugs rather than paying the bills. A key symptom of drug use is struggling financially.

Drugs will be more important than food and clothing as well. This can be for you and other members of your family. Making it the spiraling problem that affects everyone around you.

You could also end up borrowing money from people and not paying them back. Deep down you may know that you never will, even if you try and convince yourself that you will. You may feel you have no pride left.

When you are in deep you will shamelessly come back to those people to beg for more money, lying through your teeth with any reason you can come up with to try and get as much out of them as possible, even if they are in need of the money themselves. Your scruples and morals will be going completely out of the window.

You could even start stealing money. Or stealing things to sell to get money for drugs. At the very least you could start selling your possessions to get money for drugs.

 

10. People will say you have changed

 

If you have any sort of normal lifestyle and aren’t just surrounded by people in the drugs scene, then people start to notice the changes in you.

The subversion, and anger, your actions, the selfishness, they will notice and comment. Your response will be anger and denial, and in your head you will tell yourself that they are the problem and not you.

You will start to shun the people who challenge you about the changes to surround yourself with people who instead enable the drugtaking.

Deep down you will know that you are changing. You are living more and more for the drugs. But not just for the drugs, but you are starting to submerge yourself in the culture and the people as well. You will find that you are living more for drugs and the people who take them, and supply them, than for the people you care for.

When that happens alongside ruthless use of money that is needed elsewhere, then you will undeniably know that you have significant drug addiction that is going to completely sink you unless you stop and change direction.

Best Synthetic Urine Reviewed: How To Use Fake Pee For A Drug Test

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The best synthetic urine will pass any level of drug test, but how do you know what level of test it will be and what the best brand is? I will tell you everything you need to know to do that.

This is a complete guide on passing a drug test using fake urine. As well as full synthetic urine reviews & instructions, I will cover everything you need to know to pass a urine drug test.

You’ll learn exactly how drug testing works, and what they look for. You will understand how fake urine can evade this if it’s of the correct construction and submitted properly. I will tell you exactly how to use synthetic urine, including my top tips from having passed a drug test using fake pee twice.

As well as all that, I will tell you about the brands to avoid, and conclude this review with the top FAQs on using fake pee for drug test success.

 

What Fake Urine Is & How It Needs To Be Constructed To Pass A Drug Test

 

Human urine is quite complex, containing literally dozens of different things. That’s the bad news.

But the good news is that drug tests don’t look for all of those things for a valid sample. They actually only look for a few things during validity checks. As long as you pass that initial check, then the sample will be tested and pass.

I will cover this in detail in a moment, but as long as it passes the initial validity check, there will be no further scrutiny. When it’s actually tested for the presence of drugs, that’s all they do, there is no next level scrutiny at that point.

The only time it gets more fully scrutinized is if they are suspicious. Then it will go through a full mass spectrometry – gas chromatography analysis. But that doesn’t usually happen.

So the great news is that as long as the fake urine kit has fake urine in it that passes the initial validity checks and doesn’t arouse suspicion, then you are good to go. It doesn’t need to fully reconstruct human urine in every detail.

 

The Different Types Of Fake Urine Kit You Can Choose From

 

To pass a drug test, a fake urine kit must have the following characteristics:

  • Balanced for ph.
  • Balanced for specific gravity
  • Looks like urine
  • Contains the right amount of creatinine
  • Contain urea and uric acid
  • May contain some inorganic salts

At a minimum, it must be balanced for pH and specific gravity, look like urine and contain the right levels of creatinine. It’s actually a common misconception that a fake sample must contain your urea and uric acid to pass a drug test. In fact, these are not checked for during basic validity tests.

However, urea and uric acid may be checked if it goes under more rigorous scrutiny, which is why the best brands contain those both within the right balances as well.

There are three levels of fake urine you can use:

  1. At the lowest level, you get fetish urine and animal repellent urine products. These do the bare minimum, and will not stand up to the scrutiny of most modern drug testing.
  2. The middle ground is basic brands that contain just the minimum chemical components to pass basic scrutiny.
  3. The best synthetic urine products closely mimic human urine in composition for all the most common things found in it.

Can’t I Just Use Someone Else’s Urine?

 

You certainly can use someone else’s urine, and you may just get away with it. But you are taking one hell of a risk to save yourself less than $100.

For a start, if your urine isn’t clean, then how do you know that the urine of the person you are using is clean? Are they telling you the truth? How do you know it’s been long enough since they took something to be clean?

You also have to store it. That means keeping it for just a few hours, because any longer and it starts to spoil. You also have to still keep it within the correct temperature range; which means buying a heating pad that is capable of keeping the sample at between 90°F and 100°F for one hour or longer.

Why bother when there are so many good products out there you can use that will dramatically lower your risk?

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When Is Fake Urine Not The Best Option?

 

Fake urine is not the best option if you are facing a supervised drug test.  There are actually two types of drug test you could face where it’s not the best option.

The first is the supervised drug test. That’s where somebody will be in the room with you. They may not actually be looking straight at you, but the presence of the person in the room will make it incredibly difficult to deal with a fake sample unless you submit it through a fake penis or tube and tap arrangement so you can stand in a natural position and dispense it (really tough to do!).

The second is the observed drug test. Usually, this is only done for law enforcement purposes. However, if you have failed a previous drug test due to suspected evasion, then you can then face a directly observed test, where they will literally watch you urinate into the cup.

Yes, it’s legal, but you can refuse it. Obviously, though you won’t get the job or keep your freedom.

In these situations, you should use a natural detox and then mask any toxins left on the day of your test with a good quality detox drink like Rescue Cleanse.

 

Will Fake Pee Pass Specific Tests From LabCorp Or Quest Diagnostics?

 

Let’s talk about how fake urine samples are spotted at the professional labs in the USA right now.

When you submit the sample, they will visually scrutinize it. In many cases, the sample just won’t look right if it’s been adulterated, or is a poor fake. The next thing they do is to use a dipstick. This dipstick usually has 5 little panels on it. They dip it in the sample, and then they wait for it to react and compare it to a chart.

These are the things that that validity testing dipstick checks for:

  • Nitrate levels
  • Creatinine levels
  • Specific gravity
  • Ph level
  • Oxidant/PCC presence

High levels of nitrates usually indicate an adulterated specimen. That means something containing nitrates has been used to oxidize the drug metabolites (which works very well with cannabis metabolites).

Creatinine is the byproduct of creatine, which is always found in urine. It’s created by the muscles working in the body (creatine is needed for muscle use). Low levels of creatinine usually demonstrate a diluted sample through the excessive liquid intake.

Specific gravity and pH levels that are compromised (outside human ranges) usually mean the sample has been changed through the excessive liquid intake.

Oxidant/PCC presence checks for substances that can oxidize drug metabolites and alter their structure: bleach, iodine, peroxide, and a couple of others.

Looking at the above, yes, as long as it’s high-quality fake urine then it will pass all of those tests because the products are specifically designed to ensure that they do.

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Synthetic Urine Brands To Avoid  Like The Plague

 

Not all fake urine kits are good value for money, nor do they contain ingredients needed to pass a drug test.

You have to remember that some of them have been around for years, and although they might have high ratings, most of those high ratings and good reviews were actually given several years ago when drug testing wasn’t as advanced.

These are the brands that are not recommended to use:

  • U Pass
  • Xtream
  • Agent X
  • Magnum
  • Ultra Pure

Just to give you an idea of how inadequate these brands are, and how much of it is just about marketing and fake reviews, let’s talk about Magnum fake urine.

Magnum fake urine didn’t even contain uric acid. Because it was failing drug tests and virtually worthless, they started to include a separate vial of uric acid with the product. The idea being that you simply pour it into the urine.

That’s obviously a ridiculous solution. They didn’t change the formula, and they are relying on you to make sure that the job is done right.

None of those brands contain everything I mentioned earlier. They don’t have the correct balance, and creatinine levels, nor do they contain urea and uric acid in the correct balances either.

 

The Biocide Problem

 

About four years ago some brands of fake urine started to consistently fail drug tests. Previous passers were suddenly failing and talking about it loudly online. People began to suspect that the big labs had spotted a common “footprint” that they were looking for to rule out samples.

Many suspected it was biocides; common preservatives used in many products from household ones, through to make up. It extends the shelf life of the product.

It started to dawn on people that nearly every single brand was using biocide preservatives. Those were the exact brands that were failing.

However, the four brands that I recommend, and which I’m going to talk to you about right now, are guaranteed not to contain biocide preservatives. Each company has stated explicitly that they do not and these are also the brands that are still consistently passing.

 

Synthetic Urine Reviews: The Top 3 Brands

 

So let’s now talk you through the top four Best synthetic urine products out there. These are the best fake pee products you can use for a drug test.

1. Quick Luck – The Best Synthetic Urine On The Market

Quick Luck has to be my number one choice because it’s the most advanced and ready-to-use formula on the market today.

It’s the big brother of Sub Solution. Slightly more complex in the formula, and premixed rather than a powder. But other than that, it’s pretty much the same other than the convenience of being premixed.

Quick Luck has the following characteristics which make it perfect for passing a drug test:

  • Perfectly balanced for pH and specific gravity
  • Looks, smells, and froths like urine
  • Contains urea and uric acid
  • Contains the right amount of creatinine
  • Contains a total of 14 chemicals found in urine

Quick Luck is really easy to use. The Quick Luck instructions are very straightforward:

  1. Because it’s premixed you don’t even need to mix it up like you do with Sub Solution. Just gently shake the bottle and take the lid off.
  2. Just before you need to use it, tap in about one third of the heat activator powder. You don’t even have to do this at home, you only need to do this just outside the building where you are going to submit your sample. Gently shake it, and it will dissolve and raise the temperature.
  3. Keep checking the temperature strip, and tap in a little more heat activator powder if needed. Within about two minutes it should be stable at between 90°F and 100°F.
  4. Just make sure you submit your sample within about 15 minutes to ensure that it’s within the correct temperature range. Tuck the sample into your underwear, close to your skin, to keep the temperature elevated in close to the level it should be.

Quick Luck is perfect. Also, because it’s going to be an unsupervised drug test, you can check the temperature strip literally before you pour it into the submission cup. If it has cooled you can simply tap in a bit more heat activator powder.

Quick Luck is not cheap, costing $100. As you can see though, it’s complex in formula and has exact control over the temperature so that you never have to worry about failing.

 

2. Sub Solution Powdered Urine Kit

 

Sub Solution is the next best thing to Quick Luck. Almost it’s equal in terms of formula complexity (both are updated annually), the only thing that really separates them is the fact that you need to mix Sub Solution up to use it because it arrives as a powder.

It’s just as complex and almost as easy to use as Quick Luck. It costs $85, so $15 less. You’re basically paying the extra $15 for Quick Luck to get it premixed.

Here are the steps you need to use Sub Solution:

  1. The first and most important step is to mix it up. Don’t just use tap water, because it can contain things not found in urine. Also, do not use bottled water as this will contain unnatural levels of nitrates, minerals, and electrolytes. You need filtered water.
  2. Fill the bottle of powder to the fill level with the water. Gently agitate it until it’s dissolved and clear.
  3. Then, it’s simply a case of transporting it to the place you’re having your drug test. On arrival, just before you go in, use that incredible heat activator powder to increase the temperature of the sample.

One thing I will tell you is that you can buy something from Test Clear called the “practice kit”. It contains the heat activator powder and the plastic bottle. You’re basically paying for a dose of the heat activator powder.

But what it allows you to do for a far cheaper price (half the price of the urine kits), is the chance to experiment with the heat activator powder.

So when you buy Quick Luck or Sub Solution, make sure you buy the practice kit. Then you can become expert in using heat activator powder, to see how quickly it works and how far/fast it raises the temperature without being under pressure.

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3. Quick Fix

 

If you are on a budget, then Quick Fix is plenty good enough to pass a basic pre-employment five panel drug test. As long as no further scrutiny is undertaken beyond the initial dipstick validity checks I mentioned earlier, then it will be sent for the standard analysis.

Unlike Quick Luck and Sub Solution it won’t stand the scrutiny of an advanced mass spectrometry – gas chromatography analysis though.

The instructions for using Quick Fix are:

  1. This is premixed urine, so simply shake it gently to ensure it’s well mixed, and then loosen the lid.
  2. Put the bottle into a microwave and microwave it on full heat for about 15 seconds. Take it out and shake it gently, then put it back in the microwave for another 15 seconds.
  3. Take it out and check the temperature strip. If after 30 seconds or so nothing is registering, then put it back into the microwave for another 15 seconds.
  4. After about 45-60 seconds of microwaving it should register on the temperature strip as having a temperature between 90°F and 100°F.
  5. It’s best to actually activate the heatpad prior to microwaving the sample. That way, it’s warm already so that you don’t lose any heat from the sample.
  6. Whether it’s preactivated or not, attach the heatpad to the sample using the supplied elastic band, or as I prefer, with some tape for a better and more secure connection.
  7. Just before you go into submit your sample, you’ll need to check the temperature strip. If the heatpad has failed in some way then you’ll need to heat it up to the within the correct temperature range. As it doesn’t contain heat activator powder, you’ll need to carry a flask of hot water with you and pour it over the sample until it gets to within the correct temperature range.

As you can see, Quick Fix is not as effective or complex as the best to choices. However, as it only costs half as much as Sub Solution, it is a good budget deal if you don’t mind the extra messing around and slightly increased risk of failure.

 

4. Test Clear Powdered Urine

 

My fourth choice on a list of the best synthetic urine kits you can use to pass a drug test is the powdered urine from Test Clear. It claims to be real powdered urine. Basically, human urine that’s dried out into a powder that you then regenerate using filtered water.

The instructions for using test clear powdered urine are as follows:

  1. Mix filtered water into the vial to create 50 mL of ready-to-use urine.
  2. Activate the heatpad and strap it to the side of the bottle. Alternatively, you can use a microwave oven to speed up that process. If you don’t, it will take around 45 minutes for the heatpad to work through.
  3. If you use the microwave (recommended), then just as with the Quick Fix instructions I gave you earlier, you will incrementally microwave for 15 seconds or so, gently shake, and then check the temperature strip regularly to watch the temperature rise.
  4. Once it’s within the correct temperature range, and the heatpad is attached, you can go off to submit your sample.
  5. As with Quick Fix, check the temperature just before you go in. If it has cooled then you will need to use a flask of hot water (not boiling water) in order to raise the temperature so that you can submit it within the correct temperature range.

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My Top Tips For Using Fake Urine To Pass A Drug Test

 

Let’s finish up my best synthetic urine review by giving you a few top tips on increasing your chances of passing.

  1. Make sure you have the temperature covered. If it’s a heatpad, make sure you take some hot water. If using heat activator powder, none of this is relevant. You can stabilize the temperature more if using a heatpad by tucking the sample into your underpants against your skin. That will get the sample closer to body temperature and keep it there.
  1. You won’t be searched, or at least not body searched. So always put the sample in an intimate area so that it won’t be patted down.
  2. Make sure that you wear loose clothing so that the presence of the fake sample will not be spotted at all.

Synthetic Urine FAQs

 

I want to finish my ultimate synthetic urine review/guide by answering the most common synthetic urine FAQs.

How Much Urine Is Needed For A Drug Test?

A standard drug test requires a 30 mL sample (just over one fluid ounce). However, Department of Transport tests require 45 mL (1.52 fluid ounces). Also, some drug testing labs also ask for a larger than standard sample size to try and catch people out. You should try to smuggle in at least 2 fluid ounces of fake urine.

How To Force Yourself To Pee For A Drug Test?

The only way to force yourself to pee for a drug test is to drink liquid. But drink too much and your sample will be diluted and will be rejected.

Can I Use Synthetic Urine On Military Drug Test?

Submitting synthetic urine for military drug test is no different to any other type of standard drug test. If the complexity of the fake pee is enough then it will pass. The only difference is if you are facing a supervised test, where you cannot physically submit a fake sample.

Will Fake Urine Work For Probation Drug Screening?

Fake urine probably won’t work for probation screening. That’s not because of the drug test itself, it’s that most probation drug tests are either directly, or indirectly, observed. That means someone will be in the room with you, which makes using fake urine very difficult.

What If The Test Is Supposed To Be Unsupervised But Is Actually Supervised?

A drug test will usually only be supervised if it’s for law enforcement or probation purposes, or you have previously failed the test (or there was suspicion about the previous test) and are going back for retesting. You should know in advance of the test.

How Long Does It Take To Get Drug Test Results?

Drug test results are usually back within 24 hours. The person who commissioned the test is usually notified within 48 hours of the sample being submitted. If you haven’t heard after 48 hours it’s not a problem, but after three days then it usually points to a higher level of scrutiny on the test, or it’s failed and you just haven’t been told yet.

Where To Buy Synthetic Urine?

Never buy synthetic urine from smoke shops or other local retail premises. Online, never buy fake urine from general retail sites or marketplace sites like Amazon and eBay. Only use reputable and specialist online sellers like Test Clear and Test Negative.

How Long Does Pee Stay Good For A Drug Test?

Real human urine (assuming you’ve collected a sample from a friend) will not last long at room temperature, literally three or four hours. In a refrigerator, it could be up today, but even then, there will be signs of clouding show the sample isn’t fresh.

Can I Refuse A Drug Test At Work?

You can refuse a drug test at work, but you will then be in contravention of the company’s drug testing policy which you agreed to when you signed your contract. Also, they will evidently be suspicious as to why you have refused the drug test and will probably insist you have another type, or suspend you.

How To Dispute A Positive Drug Test

You will only be able to dispute a positive drug test if you can explain why it’s failed. Some substances do kick up false positives, but that is not very common nowadays with modern drug testing. To dispute the test you will simply discuss it with the drug testing lab to see what the process is.

Does Quest Diagnostics Test For Synthetic Urine?

Companies like Quest diagnostics don’t test directly for synthetic urine. They do general validity checks to see if it has the characteristics of human urine generally. So they will check the temperature, pH, specific gravity, how it looks, even how it smells (the sniff test). They will also check for levels of creatinine and some other substances which are found in urine.

Can I Make Fake Urine At Home?

You certainly can make fake urine at home. But you will need several specialist ingredients and the tools and ability to mix them up so that the sample is exactly mimicking human urine. This is not easy to achieve, and for all the money, time, and risk you are taking, it simply easier to buy a box of high-quality synthetic urine from an expert company instead.

How Long The Synthetic Urine Last?

If kept sealed, powder or liquid synthetic urine should last years, but you should probably change it for a fresh batch each year. Once open, you really only have a few hours before it starts to spoil. Even in the refrigerator, 24 hours will be the maximum.

Which States Is Synthetic Urine Illegal In?

Synthetic urine is illegal in every single state in the USA. Although not directly, it is illegal to deliberately seek to evade a legally administered drug test in every US state, therefore by default, synthetic urine is not legal anywhere, as it is sold to evade just that.

How To Keep Urine Warm (Correct Temperature Range)?

When submitted, human urine has to be between 90°F and 100°F. Human urine actually exits the body at around 98°F, and occasionally 100°F as a ceiling. But to allow for two minutes of cooling, any sample within that 10° temperature range has to be accepted.

How Long Does Synthetic Urine Last Once Heated?

Once heated to the correct temperature range, how long it lasts depends on how is it stored. Use a heatpad, or the activator powder, for several hours. However, if it’s just sitting there, it could be outside the temperature range again within 10 minutes. It needs to be close to the body, and not somewhere cold.

How To Get Meth Out Of Your System Fast: Complete Guide & Best Three Methods

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You’re here because you want to get meth out of your system fast. There’s some bad news and some good news on that.

The bad news is that meth can hang around in your system for quite a while, depending on how often you take it and at what doses.

The good news is that there are three good methods that can help you to pass a drug test for meth. I’m going to talk you through everything you need to know. The types of drug tests, how long meth stays in your system, and how it differs from other types of drugs.

Plus, crucially, I’ll talk you through the three methods you can use to pass a drug test with meth in your body.

What Type Of Drug Test Are You Facing?

You could be facing a hair drug test, urine drug test, saliva drug test, or even a blood drug test. Although, a drug blood test is incredibly unlikely unless you are in real trouble.

Most likely, it’s a urine or saliva drug test, as these are the most common types.

Whatever type it is, it will be a panel drug test. The most basic is four panels, which exclude marijuana. Five-panel standard testing includes marijuana, then it works its way up to 12 panels as the maximum number of standard panels.

Each is more expensive and looks for more substances. You can’t predict what they will look for if you are up for a drug test of any type.

You see, the thing is, whoever is commissioning the test and swapping out any panels they want. So there’s no point in trying to predict if you could get caught, you just have to know how to appear clean (or actually get clean) for the type of test you are facing.

Is Methamphetamine Any Different To Other Types Of Drugs For Detection?

A meth drug test is no different to any other type of drug test. They are panel tests that look for multiple types of drugs, and methamphetamines are almost always on every single panel test, even the four panel one.

What matters is how long it stays in your system. Usually, if you are a light user, a couple of times a week, then it will be detectable up to about five days in urine, and usually three days in saliva.

In hair, every single type of drug is detectable for 90 days. It stays indelibly inside the hair shaft, and they test the most recent 90 days growth.

So in practical terms, methamphetamines are no different to any type of illegal drug. If the panel looks for it, and it’s in your body, or in your hair, it will be found.

How To Detox From Meth At Home

Although meth usually disappears in about 4 – 5 days, it can stay longer if any of the following apply:

  • You are older with a slower metabolism
  • You are obese
  • You don’t exercise
  • Your diet is poor
  • Doses are high and frequent
  • Your general state of health
  • If there are other substances you are taking

Don’t believe any of the nonsense about home remedies and drug tests. You can’t get meth out of your system at all, let alone fast, using a home remedy or a natural detox alone (in any reasonable time).

The only way you can learn how to detox meth at home is to do a full natural detox and accelerate that process with pills. I will cover that in a moment.

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The Most Effective Ways To Pass A Drug Test For Meth

If you’ve got meth in your system, then depending on the type of test, there are ways to get clean fast. So let’s now talk you through the strategies you have and the drug test types that you can use them for.

#1 Synthetic Urine (Best Method)

If facing a urine drug test, then synthetic urine is the best way to pass. Not cheap crap, and not your pal’s urine either. High quality fake urine that closely mimics real human urine and that won’t be detected in a standard drug test.

The best source of fake urine is from Test Negative. They make the two best brands.

Sub Solution is the most affordable at $85. It closely mimics human urine both in the way it looks, smells, and froths. Plus, it contains 14 chemicals found in urine that are looked for in all but the most advanced drug test.

Trade up to Quick Luck for $100 if you want basically Sub Solution premixed, with a little bit more complexity.

Either of these is easy to prepare because of the heat activator powder. You don’t need a heatpad, which can go wrong.

Just before you go into your drug test, tap in about half of the powder and agitate it gently. It will dissolve and be undetectable and will raise the temperature of the liquid. Keep adding in a bit of the powder until it gets within the correct temperature range (between 90°F and 100°F).

If it’s an unsupervised drug test then this is the 100% best way to pass a urine drug test for meth.

#2 Detox + Detox Pills (Genuinely Clean)

The best way to get genuinely clean is to do a natural detox. That way you will pass urine, blood, and saliva drug testing easily. However, that can take weeks if you are a heavy user because of the speed at which toxins can work their way out of the body.

You’ll need to do a natural detox:

  • Eat clean food
  • Eat small and frequent meals
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Abstain from drugs and alcohol
  • Exercise and sweat every day

However, you can speed up the removal of toxins from your body by about 50% by using Toxin Rid detox pills. The only pills available which really do the job.

If you’re a really heavy user, then the 7 or 10 day courses are recommended. Moderate users should try the 5 day course, and light users the three-day course.

I wouldn’t recommend the one or two day courses (and even three-day courses) unless you are going to also buy a high-quality detox drink to mask any remaining toxins on the day of your test.

But usually, in 10 days, you can get completely clean from any level of drug use using Toxin Rid alongside a natural detox. Just make sure you have a couple of home drug tests and the detox drink hand on the table test to check you are clean and have a plan B if you still have loose metabolites in your urine.

#3 Detox Drink (Masks The Toxins For A Few Hours)

Detox drinks are a great way of passing a urine drug test. However, you have to understand they only mask the toxins for a few hours.

Here’s what a detox drink actually does:

  • Flushes out the toxins using the volume of liquid and the power of the ingredients
  • Floods the body with chemicals found in urine so some pass through in balance
  • Keeps your urine balanced, looking and smelling normal

But here’s the thing, they only mask the toxins for a few hours before the drug metabolites still in your body start to work their way through into your bladder again.

A good quality detox drink like Rescue Cleanse or Mega Clean will work a treat to mask the meth in your body for up to 5 hours though.

My top tip for making sure they work for that long is to get your hands on some Toxin Rid pills from Test Clear at the same time. The one day course alongside these, will at least maximize your chances.

If it’s a supervised test, or you don’t want to smuggle in urine, then only detox drinks to mask the toxins, or Toxin Rid and a natural detox will work.

#4 Macujo Method (Meth Hair Drug Test)

If it’s a hair drug test then you are in real trouble because drug metabolites stay in your hair for the length the hair is on your head. So this isn’t about learning how to get meth out of your system fast, it’s about learning how to get it out of your hair fast.

The only way to do this is the Macujo method. I can’t go into details here, but you can read about it here.

It basically uses Aloe Toxin Rid shampoo and some household ingredients to open up the hard cuticle layer of each hair shaft and flush out the toxins. But it is a great way of passing a hair drug test for any type of drug.

Where To Buy The Products To Pass A Drug Test For Meth

As I’ve already mentioned, you are looking to buy these from Test Clear and Test Negative. Rescue Cleanse and Mega Clean, along with the pre-rid pills bundled with Mega Clean, come from test clear.

Test Negative sell both Quick Luck and Sub Solution, as well as Rescue Cleanse (probably the best detox drink on the market).

Correcting The Myths & Establishing Facts About Dopamine And Addiction

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Dopamine is very often referred to as a pleasure chemical, which gives as a rush of determination and can induce reckless behavior. Therefore, people assume that it can lead to addiction.

While it’s true that dopamine can lead to reckless or addictive behavior, it doesn’t mean that it’s the strongest link between an individual and addiction to a substance.

There are a lot of myths out there about dopamine and its role in growing addiction in individuals. This article is going to address some of those myths and facts for you.

It’s not a straightforward picture, but what is a fact is that a lot of what you know about dopamine through popular culture is false.

Here’s What Dopamine Is

Dopamine is one of the main hormonal neurotransmitters. It’s created by neurons, and it’s used to affect other neurons in the body.

In technical terms, it’s actually a neuromodulator rather than a neurotransmitter. It works to modulate the sensitivity of other neurotransmitters, rather than being a substitute in its own right.

It’s often known as the “risk and reward” neurotransmitter. It can modulate GABA and glutamate, our main inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters, giving us the emotions we feel in those risk and reward situations.

Dopamine is activated when we do something, or seek and gain something that we perceive to be rewarding to us.

Therefore, it was very useful for hunter-gatherer humans because it was the motivational drive and reward to get the next kill for the tribe. The thrill of the kill and the pride of taking the kill back became what spiked dopamine, driving humans to go all out whenever possible. Alongside the feelings of hunger, it allowed more rapid development of things which allow for the building of communities.

So in human history, dopamine gave us motivation. It makes a seek and it makes us stick at things to get the reward.

It’s one reason why we have been so successful as a species, because we are relentless, motivated, and driven by success.

Can You Be Addicted To Dopamine?

You certainly can be addicted to dopamine rushes. The problem is that in society, especially complex modern societies, there are so many things that the dopamine rush and reward on completion process can be linked to.

The alcoholic can get the dopamine rush when they see a drink or take that first sip.

The gambler can be motivated by the rush of a win or even the sights and sounds of the casino.

Dopamine can spike when you see, smell, or taste certain foods. When linked to other causes of obesity, it can be disastrous.

And that’s exactly the same with drugs. The smell of marijuana, the starting of certain rituals, the thrill of doing the deal.

The problem when it comes to narcotics is that not only does dopamine get linked to these processes of drugtaking, but dopamine is also released when the brain is flooded with too much stimulation from certain substances, it basically triggers it becoming desirable response.

Therefore, every part of drugtaking becomes linked to a spike in dopamine levels. Not only does it make the behavior more desirable and addictive, but you are also then linking the addiction to dopamine.

So although you can’t be literally addicted to dopamine, you can become addicted to requiring higher levels of dopamine spiking to get the same feeling of being rewarded.

That’s why it becomes a constant chase of high doses and seeking those early thrills and responses. The memories and emotions are linked to them, and your desire to feel them, and to accelerate them when you do, creates an emotional situation where you become keener and keener to re-experience those things.

Dopamine Is Highly Motivational

Dopamine is therefore highly motivational, especially when it becomes linked to certain actions, chemicals, and feelings.

The other problem is that dopamine is linked to several key body functions, including movement, memory, pleasure, motivation, cognition, attention, sleep, arousal, mood, and ability to learn.

This means that you can be highly motivated by good levels of dopamine. Because when you take drugs those dopamine levels spike, and you feel alive. All of those things I just mentioned are emphasized.

This helps to create the addiction situation. Because it feels so good, because it’s linked indelibly to the drugs, it is being craved more and more. Alongside the motivation, develops an increasing dependency on the substances that deliver feelings of satisfaction and reward.

Do People With High Levels Of Dopamine Stand More Chance Of Becoming Addicted?

The actual level of dopamine is not really relevant unless you have very low levels which can have implications for many things. However, low levels of dopamine do not seem to lower narcotic addiction to any noticeable degree.

Even if you have low levels of dopamine, because they spike due to the drugtaking, even low levels of motivation, people who are just depressed, unchallenged in life and not motivated at all; all can be driven to still get that buzz.

So although dopamine levels could affect the degree to which you can become addicted, there’s no real evidence because on a personal level it still spikes above normal creating the behaviors.

High levels of dopamine can make you seek out reckless behavior though. Not necessarily addiction, but spikes in dopamine, even from a low level, can accelerate bad behavioral patterns.

Let me give you an example here. The dopamine bean, Mucuna Pruriens. Long known to help spike dopamine levels, it can help you to feel more determined and focused. All the things we’ve talked about dopamine affecting can be elevated. Cognitively, alertness, motivation.

But people using the dopamine bean often report increasingly reckless behavior patterns. If they take it at high doses and ongoing supplements, I have read reports that people increase their frequency and spend on gambling.

I remember reading in a newspaper about a woman who was taking dopamine bean capsules to increase her motivation. It did that wonderfully.

But the problem was that it increased her use of bingo websites. The spiking dopamine started to help her develop higher levels of reward pleasure from using those sites and spending more money.

Another example I read about was a guy who found that after taking high levels of dopamine bean for a couple of weeks that he started frequenting strip joints nearly every day when he had never done that before in his life.

So although it doesn’t directly stimulate addiction to narcotics, it can reinforce the desire for pleasure from that type of experience and create a quest to do it again to experience another dopamine spike. When artificially created through taking in dopamine, this can be even worse.

Is Dopamine Really A Pleasure Chemical?

It’s actually a myth that dopamine is a pleasure chemical. Our pleasure chemicals are actually mostly glutamate and serotonin. These are the main excitatory neurotransmitters that give us feelings of happiness, euphoria, and positivity.

Although dopamine does reinforce your experience of pleasure and can drive you to seek out future experiences that recreate that, it’s not in itself a pleasure chemical.

It’s a misconception that you feel happy, motivated, or satisfied due to dopamine.

Although it is a response, and it creates a situation where it spikes under similar circumstances every time, meaning that repeat chasing at the things which spike the dopamine occur, it doesn’t actually give you pleasurable feelings. That’s down to other hormonal neurotransmitters.

Dopamine & Drug Tolerance

Although there are a lot of misconceptions about dopamine, it does play a significant role in the development of addiction and tolerance.

When you develop tolerance, you have to use more of the substance to get the same level of effects, and dopamine as part of this process and problem.

When you get overstimulation in your reward center, by flooding the brain with that narcotic or another chemical, it becomes overwhelming. The dopamine levels spike, and you get that flood of satisfaction. But the thing is that the more you do it, and at higher levels, the more your body tries to compensate.

For a start, it will decrease dopamine production to try and put a ceiling on that spike. It will also start reducing the dopamine receptor sites.

That’s why it cannot feel as good. Although you get the effect of the actual drug, that extra push from the dopamine spike just isn’t happening any more.

The craving to take the drug still remains though, because that’s what you are being told by your brain and your cravings. You just need to keep taking more of it to get the previous effects of tolerance to the substance, and despite the dopamine to the level, it was initially.

Can We Narrow Someone’s Risk Of Addiction Down To A Single Thing?

The truth is that dopamine does play a role in addiction. It is our reward chemical that rewards certain types of behaviors with feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

But it’s not why we get addicted. There are so many reasons for addiction, many general, while others are very personal.

Genetic factors, social factors, your health history, mental health, state of mind, home life, happiness or unhappiness levels, and problems with the brain and hormonal levels.

It’s really a myriad of things, and one or more of them combined can trigger drug use which then spirals into addiction.

I mentioned obesity earlier. It’s the same thing. Food is the drug, and dopamine spikes to reinforce the positive feeling of eating. Dopamine doesn’t cause the obesity, but it makes the eating of food a positive experience, and emotional comfort.

Using Viagra With Meth: How The Viagra Factor Raises Your Chances Of Trouble

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When it comes to talking about meth and Viagra, surprisingly a lot of the information you’ll find online is very old.

Studies from 2004, old newspaper articles from 2006, there’s not a lot of current info out there. But what has been established beyond any doubt is that Viagra and meth do have a link. But it’s not completely linear, and so I want to explain to you exactly what the problem is here.

Let’s talk about the meth first.

Crystal meth, methamphetamine, is highly addictive. But more than that, it also raises libido (sex drive) dramatically. It does this through a chemical interaction in the brain. But it also raises levels of adrenaline, which leads from more physical and aggressive outlook in both sexes, but notably men.

It’s a well-known fact and long established that crystal meth improves sex drive. In fact, that’s how some people get into using it. The problem is that any initial benefit is quickly steamrolled by the addiction which caused a breakdown in physical and mental structure.

When you take it, it makes you feel exhilarated, happy, and blissful. Increased sex drive effect leads to notable encounters and promiscuous behavior.

Methamphetamines have long been used on their own and teamed up to create polydrugs have been used to emphasize sexual performance and satisfaction. On the downside though, crystal meth use can lead to an increasing lack of ability for men to have sex. Just as with alcohol, it destroys the ability to keep an erection.

That’s when a lot of men turned to Viagra, the brand name for a generic chemical called sildenafil. It opens up blood flow to the penis and encourages erections with stimulation (and sometimes even just by thinking sexual).

Together this produces incredible sexual experiences. The higher the meth, the increased aggression, and sex drive, the desire, the feeling, mixed with the ability to get an erection (even though it becomes very tough to actually orgasm).

The use of Viagra and meth went unnoticed for some time. But especially amongst men who have sex with men (MSM), the risk has skyrocketed into a spiraling addiction and the spread of HIV.

Meth + Viagra = Trouble

When you take meth and Viagra the bliss stage doesn’t last very long. The meth addiction will kick in and destroy your ability to physically perform. Lack of food, breakdown in musculoskeletal structure, and cognitive decline, it all starts to take its toll very fast.

In that phase where you can use meth and Viagra, or if you are just managing to keep its use under control over the longer term, you are going to be at risk of secondary infections through sexual contact.

Whether you are hetero or gay, it’s been shown to lead to a dramatic increase in the likelihood of getting serious sexual infections, including HIV.

One study in 2006 that looked at other studies to reach a larger conclusion, found an indisputable link between people using meth and Viagra with higher rates than normal of HIV seroconversion (where the body is producing detectable antibodies in the initial fight against infection).

So it’s not that the two combined create any different chemical reaction, it’s not usual in that way. But what happens is that Viagra allows you to overcome the lack of an erection that meth brings, despite increased sexual desire.

The result is risky behavior with a follow-through, literally. It allows men to have sex with women and men in a risky pattern that they simply couldn’t manage before.

That’s why there’s growing evidence that men taking meth and Viagra have got almost double the chance of getting AIDS.

It is not just about aids. The problem is that a lot of diseases can be transferred, including more recently, things like monkeypox. Because the immune system is suppressed through meth use as well, it can lead to rapid infection.

Plus, there’s also the pressure it puts on the heart. Meth use speeds up the heart and makes it regular, it bursts blood vessels in the brain, and creates all sorts of problems for the cardiovascular system.

Viagra can make some things worse. It makes you feel hot for example, and meth users tend to overheat quickly. That can be problematic alongside not using enough water and being energized sexually.

Compulsive Behavior Overdrive

Meth makes you horny. The problem is that when you are then capable of having sex it leads to overdrive in sexual desire and the compulsive behavior that accompanies meth use.

So overall, you are driving yourself into incredibly risky situations on a regular basis if you are using meth, especially if you are using it to increase sexual feelings.

Also, meth turns sex into a marathon. It retards ejaculation and can extend erection time. A 2016 study confirmed this by suggesting that meth users have sex that sometimes lasts for hours before they collapse or it peaks. Again, that puts massive pressure on an increasingly stressed cardiovascular system, and can also increase the risk of stroke.

Even if an erection is unobtainable through prolonged meth use, Viagra can help overcome this, increasing the ability to have compulsive dangerous sexual behavior well into the addiction when you are even more vulnerable to infection and other related problems of significant drug use.

Chemsex Is Just So Dangerous With Meth

What we are talking about is extreme chemsex. People abuse substances to heighten sexual desire and performance for millennia, but this modern take is incredibly dangerous.

The combination of meth and Viagra allows people to pursue extreme sexual behavior and compulsive desires in a way that they simply couldn’t even two decades ago.

Unfortunately, we still don’t have much evidence on how much this increases your risk. But especially if you’re homosexual, this increase in risk can lead to a significant chance of getting an infection.

But it’s not just about getting something. Because it’s compulsive it’s going to be unprotected, relentless, and frequent.

That means you are going to potentially infect people far more readily than normal. More partners, more risky sex, more extreme situations, mean more chance of infection for you and others.

That’s exactly why HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are far higher in drug using communities, especially crystal meth, and especially amongst homosexuals using it.

Enabling it through taking Viagra makes it even worse. So you are supercharging the chances of becoming fatally unwell. Although not 100% established, there is now a large body of evidence that HIV spiked in the early 2000’s amongst meth users when Viagra became more widely available.

In fact, the link is well known. That’s why some drug dealers (there was a story about a Brazilian drug ring that did this), are selling meth with a side order Viagra if you want it.

So it’s deliberately being sold as a chemsex product by some dealers. That makes it even more dangerous because some of the people who will be tempted are not entering the arena via the more traditional methods of acquisition, use, and addiction.

What starts as an occasional recreational centerpiece quickly becomes established behavior high addictiveness and stimulant quality of meth, mixed with the ability of Viagra to sexually perform in a way you simply couldn’t naturally.

The Faces of Meth: How Meth Use Transforms Your Looks Forever

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In the beginning, crystal methamphetamine just feels like fun. An incredible feeling that seems to wash away everything negative in your life.

But that initial wedding night quickly turns into a living hell, far more quickly and absolutely than almost any other type of drug in existence.

In a short space of time, crystal meth can exert an extreme physical toll that becomes highly visible. Added to this are the significant emotional/mental deterioration and alteration problems that turn it into a 24/7 personal nightmare.

Some methamphetamines are legitimate and are used completely legally for things like ADHD and narcolepsy. These are scheduled drugs that can be prescribed.

Crystal meth is a different beast entirely. Street meth is typically d-methamphetamine HCI. When it’s crushed, it can be smoked, snorted, injected, or eaten.

Because of its high addiction rating, by the time you realize you are dependent, it’s far too late to stop. You are already in the grips, and your face will almost certainly look like the faces of meth that are routinely shown online.

The physical signs of meth addiction come on rapidly. Typically, beginning within a few weeks, and peaks in a very scarily low number of months.

The Physical Signs Of Meth Addiction

These are some of the physical signs of meth addiction that together give the face and body of meth addiction look:

  • Thin and frail body frame
  • Meth mouth (rotting teeth and gums)
  • Acne and facial sores
  • Convulsions
  • Drooping and greasy skin
  • Increased incidences of disease and illness
  • Significant increase in body temperature
  • Often intense desire to scratch which can lead to bloody sores
  • General gaunt and deathly look (“living dead”)
  • Increased libido

Increased libido is not something that is discussed often. Think about the TV show Breaking Bad. It was never really mentioned or shown, other than Jesse occasionally going with an addicted prostitute.

The increased libido is due to methamphetamine stimulating higher levels of sexual arousal, increased adrenaline, and a desire for risk.

Usually, this will mean unprotected sex with other risky people. Worse than that, the open wounds and general lack of health can lead to increased levels of sexual infection, including HIV (even higher if meth is injected).

So even the increased libido, if sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses are caught, can lead to an even more rapid onset of physical meth symptoms.

Transition From Short-Term Effects To Long-Term Damage From Meth Use

The transition from the short-term effects of crystal meth addiction to the long-term damage that can be permanent can happen quickly.

This creeps up on people because initially they have a huge sense of well-being, higher energy levels, and experiences are generally good.

Apart from taking meth, it means more risk-taking, pushing the body, with less good quality food and fuel going in. On top of this, is the severity of the comedown, the crash, from crystal meth. The significant and rapid onset of the need for more. This becomes overwhelming.

The weight loss which helps to drive that face of meth look, that gaunt and haggard look, also comes on fast.

Within a few weeks, the hunger feelings are so suppressed that some users almost stop eating entirely. It leads to rapid weight loss, that then turns into significant muscle wastage as well. Alongside this will be extreme and increasing insomnia. Disturbed sleep, mixed with hyperactivity, makes the gaunt look even more exhausted.

Alongside these physical signs, there will then be a rapid onset of really bad and nasty mental effects as well.

These can include significant confusion, hallucinations, paranoia and extreme anxiety, delusions of grandeur, a sense of invincibility, nausea and sickness, aggressiveness, constant irritation, and convulsions.

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Long-Term Meth Use Is Devastating

Once meth use has become addictive and chronic it very quickly leads to devastating long-term consequences that are irreversible.

These are some of the long-term problems users can develop, and can keep even if they kick the habit:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Long-term anxiety and paranoia
  • Damaged blood vessels in the brain (increased stroke risk)
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Lung damage
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Brain damage & notable cognitive deterioration
  • Mood swings
  • Permanent life memory gaps
  • Respiratory problems
  • Lifelong infectious diseases and lowered immune system
  • Psychosis
  • More chance of developing degenerative brain conditions

So if you’re sitting there thinking that this stuff sounds like the bong, then I really hope you’ll step back for a minute and consider the reality. Sure, in the short term you will feel great. Higher levels of energy, a better sense of well-being, a false sense of security, and higher sex drive; it just seems wonderful.

I’m telling you, that will change in literally weeks with daily use. And it will be daily use, even twice per day if you’re addiction rating is high. Within months you will get the meth look. You will not be able to hide it any longer.

Money will run dry, and life responsibilities like children and housing will vanish from your thoughts.

I have literally known someone who had two children and a beautiful house. They were very middle-class and had a good jobs as a department heads at a private school

When their marriage broke up, they got depressed and tried stuff. One of those things was crystal meth. That was what really grabbed hold. Not cocaine, not heroin, but the crystal.

Within months their demeanor and behavior completely change. They lost their job, then the house, and then custody of the children. With savings still hidden, they managed to rent somewhere. But very quickly, they had to deal to keep getting the hit and paying the rent. It became a drug den, and due to her high level of addiction, she then became a cuckoo for some really shady people.

Long story short, she went on the run because the cops were after her for being a significant source of meth dealing in our city.

On the run for a year, by the time they caught her she was unrecognizable. I remember seeing her picture in the paper and knowing the name, but the gaunt meth face looking back at me was like someone else entirely.

Now in prison for five years, having to go through the hell of cold turkey rehab, having lost her kids forever and her entire life, it’s one hell of a story. Sadly though, a story that is repeated a thousand times a day around the world now.

Wherever you are, the extreme physical stress that meth abuse puts on the body, followed by mental health problems and cognitive loss that lasts a lifetime, means that once it’s got its grip, it never really let’s go even if you manage to get clean months, or even years, down the line.

Slowly Fermenting Problem

A “slowly fermenting problem”, Detective Sergeant Andy Waite of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said in response to a report, released on 10 July, that states that a cheap and sustained supply of cocaine and crack cocaine has left the UK relatively untouched. “We are not seeing a great deal in terms of manufacture, and there are certainly no signs of an epidemic,” he said, although he singles out the gay scene, groups of Eastern European immigrants and women looking to suppress their appetite as growth areas that merit concern.

 

Pre-emptive efforts by LIFE OR METH in conjunction with the Met Police led to reclassification of crystal from Class A to Class B by the Home Office on 18 January. As a Class A drug, meth possession now carries a maximum seven year prison sentence for possession and life imprisonment for dealing. Scotland Yard’s Working Group on Meth’s successful petitioning for the new law now enables it to vigorously pursue meth suppliers, dealers and manufacturers.

 

“The serious and well-documented dangers associated with production and use of this drug in all its forms will now be substantially easier to combat,” said Simon Bray of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). “It will also be possible to close down, for long periods, premises used as illicit meth laboratories. We had a false start when cocaine started arriving and took our foot off the accelerator. That was a mistake. If meth was to take off here in the way it did in Minnesota or Georgia we might not have much time. They thought it was not a problem, and now look.”

The push for reclassification followed the publication of an internal police report that showed that crystal meth was now present, to some extent, in almost every town and city in England and Wales. The ASPO study found that the drug is being produced, sold or used in every area of the UK, and that increasing levels of meth is turning up in other drugs – notably heroin and cocaine – meaning some people are taking it without knowing.

 

District Judge Justin Philips, the lead judge in a West London drug court, says: “Crystal meth is becoming more of a problem. It’s moving out of the clubs on to the streets. It’s probably the most addictive drug that is available.” Because each person who comes to court on a drug order is now tested with or without their knowledge, Judge Philips has noticed an emerging trend. “A lot of them don’t know they are taking [crystal] – cocaine is cut with it, skunk is being cut with it, which may be in an attempt to hook people, as it is so addictive.”

 

The police reported in 2006 that a Filipino crime network was preparing to exploit lucrative inroads already made into the commercial gay scene by targeting the UK mainstream with mass supplies of meth from America and south-east Asia. Police intelligence reports had also identified meth labs operating in the UK, including five in London as well as the Hampshire, Coventry, Nottinghamshire, Teesside, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. Scotland Yard’s Working Group on Meth has been surveilling the distribution of meth within London’s gay community, and a year ago arrested the then most prominent supplier to the scene.

 

In December, three men were found guilty of conspiracy to produce up to £1.3million of meth in a barn on the Isle of Wight, leading to the first UK conviction for manufacturing meth. Only days earlier, armed police carried out a dawn raid on a semi-

detached house in Hayes, West London, seizing enough chemicals to produce 15,000 grams – the first time that industrial amounts of meth ingredients had been incovered in the UK.

More recently, what is believed to be the biggest meth laborartory in Britain to date was uncovered in the tranquil setting of Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire’s Peak District, and North Wales police cordoned off two areas in Mold and, wearing chemical suits and breathing apparatus, and raided and searched several homes, seizing chemicals and laboratory equipment used to make methamphetamine.

 

In another pre-emptive strike, the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency held a meeting in June to debate the restriction of medicines containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine via a change to their legal status from pharmacy to prescription only, together with a reduction in pack size. Similar restrictions in the US have seen a dramatic decline in the number of meth labs seized by police. Drug manufactirers lobbied heavily against the proposal, but in August government medical advisors announced a compromise whereby large packs of decongestants would be replaced by 12 or 24 tablets containing a total of 720 mg of the drugs limited to one pack per customer; enough for three days’ treatment.

 

In late 2005, London’s Most Dangerous Drug? report on ITV demonstrated how easy it is to buy meth on London’s streets, while a drugs survey in Mixmag found that 28% of UK clubbers knew where to buy the drug.

 

At the same time The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs reported to the Home Office that “there does not appear to be a firm foundation and rationale for reclassifying methylamphetamine”, a response that ignored police recommendations and was seen as a virtual green light for meth’s spread from the gay community into mainstream Britain. The Home Office’s intransigence was compounded by a frustrating lack of knowledge about crystal from the government’s own resources like the National Drugs Helpline and drugs website Talk To Frank, which for years have been unresponsive to efforts alerting them of a potential crisis. In February 2006, a spokesman for drugs charity Drugscope told Sky News that it sided with the decision to keep meth Class B while “hoping and praying” it would not become the next mainstream drug, then suddenly changed tack a year later when Drugscope issued a statement “welcoming” The Advisory Council’s change of heart.

 

Meth’s infiltration into the gay scene continues, despite a UK HIV prevention conference warning

in 2005 that an immediate response was needed to avoid major addiction problems later on.

Perry Halkitis, an eminent psychologist at New York University, told the eighth CHAPS conference in Bristol in March 2005 that meth’s addictiveness can make occasional use rapidly escalate to regular use, as occurred in New York in the late 1990s. He pointed out that as recently as 1998, crystal was mainly a west coast phenomenon in the US with only around 7% of New York MSM (men who have sex with men) using. However, by 1999 the number of users had leapt by 50% – to around the same number of MSM in London who admitted to using meth in a recent University of London Survey of gymgoers. The difference between the two cities, Halkitis added, was that New Yorkers were using meth every weekend instead of once or twice a year as the survey respondents claimed – a trend that could eventually be replicated here.

“The discussion on crystal in the UK feels a lot like it did in New York in 1998,” Halkitis told the conference. “The time to start taking effective public health measures to make sure it doesn’t take over the UK scene is now.” Harm-reduction messages like limiting use and planning safer sex before using worked for some MSM, he noted, but meth was so psychologically addictive that among those most vulnerable to addiction the only effective measure was mental-health work targeted at underlying issues like depression.

“If we want to avoid a renewed crisis, we have to do something that is very difficult for gay people: we have to restigmatise bareback sex and make crystal meth socially unacceptable on the gay scene. The alternaive is another mass culling of the gay poplation.”

~ Johann Hari [Attitude Magazine]

CHRIS, a 24-year-old who takes the odd ecstasy pill on a night out, was totally clueless about meth when invited to “party” by some guys he met in a South London club in November 2004. Returning with them to a nearby flat, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. “Before the music was even turned on, the crystal came out,” Chris told LIFE OR METH a week later. “I’d never heard of “Tina”, but everybody else was taking it so I took some too.”

Chris had never been passive during sex, yet for the next 12 hours each of the eight guys proceeded to penetrate him without condoms. “They were talking as if it was the norm,” says Chris. “Maybe it is at these parties, but did I care at that moment in time? No way. All I cared about was getting as many dicks inside me as possible. We all became animals. Two days later, it dawned on me the extent of what had occurred. I spent a day in a sexual health clinic and have to take 14 tablets a day for a month [PEP] before I can take an HIV test. I would never have unsafe sex – that night I had unsafe passive sex with at least three guys that I know were HIV+. Just one bump of Tina is all it takes, and you want more and more.”

The British Crown Prosecution Service is now prosecuting individuals who recklessly or intentionally transmit HIV, charging them with “biological GBH”.

Chris’s story is a disturbing insight into the infiltration of meth into the London scene. Clubbers have reported being offered hits of “k” or “coke” by predators, then find they are unable to sleep for days on end. “I was wired, depressed and near suicidal up to a week,” says Dan. “This is how they are creating their market, by dispensing free hits and making us dependent on them once we are hooked. It’s evil.” Meth is also available in London’s saunas where it is freely offered, not least by dealers keen to hook potential new clients who, once addicted, will keep coming back for more.

Despite the lessons of North America, most of London’s club scene has failed to respond to the rise of crystal, and could even be fueling its use with a surge in after hours events and around-the-clock clubbing. Promoters and club listings mags have instead channelled their efforts and resources into stamping out the messier effects of GHB, which one zero-tolerance campaign describes as “the drug that destroyed New York nightlife”, prompting some to turn to meth for an alternative kick while others bear the brunt of meth-

fueled anti-social behaviour. “There is no question that the London club scene is losing its edge and funky freshness,” adds Dan. “The vibe, particularly in the Vauxhall clubs, is becoming hard and uninviting, psychotic even, and more and more people are staying at home.”

Last October and November there were two deaths and 15 known collapses related to GHB/GBL in the Vauxhall/Southwark area. That this drug poses a threat to the London scene is not in doubt, but do the devastating effects of meth – which aren’t immediately messy but are progressively debilitating, chronically affecting the abuser psychologically and physiologically for days on end – make it a drug that club promoters and sauna operators can afford to turn a blind eye to? Says DTMP promoter Lee Freeman: “Blue Cube does not welcome anyone using crystal. “Furthermore, we will bar anyone found with it on their person for life. Using crystal is vile and stupid, and definitely isn’t a good look. Don’t let ignorance kill our customers and the best club scene in the world.”

By the end of 2007, the london gay scene had become the latest gay mecca to implode, as the damage wrought by the effects of those using crystal meth and GHB/GBL continued, resulting in dwindling crowds and notable club closures, the once seemingly invincible DTPM among them…

Over the past year there have been half a dozen deaths of gay men in London where meth is known to have been involved, including the suicide of a Hot House Video porn actor who died in July after overdosing from injecting meth.

Tellingly, it was the mainstream television news that prominently covered his death, which went completely unmentioned – along with all other meth-related deaths – in a shameless gay press that nevertheless provides unfettered coverage of GHB casualties and fatalities. But then, it is GHB that poses a more immediate threat to the club scene and, in turn, their advertising income…

“In any Vauxhall club these days you can be sure that upwards of 20% of people are using meth, hence the change in atmosphere and declining numbers. Crystal destroys everything it touches, and we are seeing its impact unfold like a train crash in slow motion.”

~ PC [Disco Damaged]

“Why do I have this nagging feeling the gay scene is losing touch with what’s really important – compassion for the safety of your fellow man…”

~ Clint Walters [Founder, Health Initiatives]