Police agencies in the United States routinely intercept shipments of methamphetamine from North Korea. The drug, bound for neighbourhoods all over the country, is often found to be 99% pure upon laboratory analysis. That makes the drug highly addictive and highly dangerous. However, for North Korea, it appears to be just another day at the office.

According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, North Korea’s routine export of methamphetamine is not only brazenly open, it’s widely accepted among the culture at large. And why not? Estimates suggest that as many as 50% of the adult population in North Korea is already hooked.

Meth is so common in North Korea that it is routinely offered to houseguests when they first arrive. Where we might offer a cold drink or a beer, North Koreans offer one another 99% pure meth. Unbelievably, the adults even give the drug to their children as a pain reliever.

The Daily Mail reports that industrial production of meth was common in North Korea before the drug was officially outlawed during the latter part of the last decade. Even the government was producing the drug before the legislative change. Today, production persists among gangs and drug lords with the government looking the other way.

The scale at which they produce methamphetamine is a staggering. What isn’t sold to North Korean citizens is exported to places like China, the US and countries sharing Korean borders. And in those border countries, the numbers of addicts are rising at alarming rates.

Stay Away from Meth

So why do we tell you all this? To implore you to stay away from methamphetamine. Meth is a dangerous and highly addictive drug that can ruin your life very quickly. Like any addictive drug, you will never know you have to a serious problem until you are at the end of your rope. Moreover, by that time, much of the damage that has been done is irreversible.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug known on the street as Ice, meth or crystal meth. People take it because it helps them to feel excited, exhilarated, and very energetic. However, it can also make you feel paranoid and aggressive. It just depends on how you react. The problem with crystal meth addiction is the fact that the body quickly builds up a tolerance to its mind-altering effects. Once tolerance sets in, the user needs more of the drug to feel just as good. This is ultimately what leads to addiction.

The risks of long-term meth use are many. For example, brain damage is believed to be one of the more severe long-term effects of the drug. Users are also more likely to develop psychosis, a mental condition in which an individual loses all grasp of reality. Psychosis causes people to do abnormal things that can range from the humorous to the ultra-violent. Overdose can lead to kidney failure, lung failure, stroke, coma, and death.

Time to Get Help

Perhaps the most tragic thing about the story in North Korea is that most people do not know they are addicted. And for those who do know, help is very hard to find. Here, we can help if you are willing to go through detox and rehab. Neither qualifies as the most fun you will ever have, but the good it will do for you is immeasurable. Imagine a life free of an addiction that is killing you right now. Imagine learning to live and enjoy life away from the misery that is addiction. It is possible if you are willing to reach out and get the help you need.

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