Prohibition of drug raw material: Crystal meth is so dangerous
Especially in the east of Germany, crystal meth has continued to expand in recent years. The designer drug is considered very stimulating. However, many consumers suffer serious health problems from the intoxicant. The possession and trade in the raw material of the illegal drug - chlorephedrine - is now to be punished.
Possession and trade are punishable
Especially since the drug discovery by the Green Member of the Bundestag, Volker Beck, experts have repeatedly pointed out how health-threatening crystal meth really is. But some consumers even end up in the hospital after taking it. According to media reports, the Federal Council has now approved a law that should make possession and trading of chlorephedrine - a raw material of crystal meth - a criminal offense.
Drug leads to aggressiveness and delusions
The Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) writes on its website that the intoxicant promises to cope with stress and pressure with ease and, moreover, to be able to perform more quickly.
The other side of the designer drug, however, is "aggressiveness, restlessness and delusions", as stated in the communication by the federal government's drug commissioner, Marlene Mortler (CSU).
After the intoxication there is often a lack of motivation, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. Therefore, consumers often take additional drugs or increase the dose.
There are serious health problems such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, muscle cramps and dizziness as well as long-term physical effects such as brain damage, circulatory disorders, tooth loss, chronic skin inflammation ("crystal acne") or kidney and liver damage.
Psychological dependence is particularly dangerous, which can lead to anxiety and panic attacks, hallucinations, eating disorders and an increased risk of suicide.
Help for addicts
According to experts, crystal meth addiction can be treated effectively. A new medical guideline “should enable treatment at the highest medical level everywhere in Germany in the future,” said the drug commissioner. "The good news is that addiction to Crystal Meth is curable."
"The aim of the guideline is to enable better care for those affected and more certainty of action for therapeutically active staff in clinical practice based on substance-specific studies", reports the Medical Center for Quality in Medicine (ÄZQ), which the guideline together with others Experts.
Production of the drug is made more difficult
Prevention should now also become more important. According to "rbb | 24", the news portal of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), the Federal Council approved a law on Friday that should make possession and trading of chlorephedrine - a raw material of crystal meth - a criminal offense.
According to the information, fines or imprisonment of up to five years should be imposed for violations. In particularly severe cases, they face up to fifteen years in prison.
An EU regulation came into force in September 2016, according to which manufacturers, owners and dealers of the substance have a permit and companies must report suspicious information.
According to the "MDR" Saxony's Justice Minister Sebastian Gemkow spoke of a big step in the fight against Crystal. In his opinion, the ban would "make a decisive contribution to curbing the supply of crystal kitchens with the ingredients for the manufacture of the drug".
East Germany particularly affected
According to experts, a large part of the crystal meth circulating in Germany comes from the Czech Republic. Consumption is apparently more widespread in border regions. Unfortunately, this was also shown by the number of babies damaged by crystal meth.
Since the intoxicant is widespread in Saxony, the Free State had particularly campaigned for the change in law. The number of consumers in Brandenburg has also been increasing for years, especially in the south of the country. According to "rbb | 24", rough estimates are made of at least 10,000 Crystal addicts. (ad)