Have you heard of this tina drug? Lately, it’s been popping up in communities all over like it’s some sort of new fad. It really isn’t.
In fact, it’s something we’ve been dealing with for a long time, just under a trendy, new name. Tina is slang for Methamphetamine or Crystal Meth. The name “Tina” is actually short for Christina, and in this case the “chris” is meant to mean Crystal.
What Exactly is This Tina Drug?
Well, as stated above, Tina is methamphetamine. This particular drug has been around since the turn of the century. Tina was originally intended to help fighter pilots remain alert during battle.
Naturally, because of its highly-addictive nature, many of the pilots taking methamphetamine regularly became addicted, and were exposed to the devastating long-term effects of the drug.
Fast forward to today, where Tina is now viewed as America’s most deadly and addictive drug. The epidemic of Tina addiction has gotten so bad, that over-the-counter sinus and allergy medications can’t even be purchased normally anymore. A person can’t just walk into a pharmacy and buy what they need. You have to take an “order ticket” off of the shelf, and bring it to the pharmacist, who will then get you your box of allergy/sinus medicine.
These protections had to be put in place because creators of methamphetamine were buying products like Sudafed and Claritin by the truckload to manufacture their Tina. This is because creators have found a way to extract ephedrine, an active ingredient in sinus/allergy medicines and also the main ingredient of Tina, from these household medications.
Ingredients in Tina
Most of us have heard the term methamphetamine at one time or another, but what exactly are the ingredients in Tina? When it was taken originally, in the early 1900s, it was ingested in a purer form. However, over time, creators of methamphetamine have found increasingly cheaper ways to produce the tina drug.
Creators of Tina have now refined their skills to the point of making Tina with items you would find around any household in America. We’ve already discussed how household medications are being used to make the drug, but household items like gasoline, battery acid, rat poison, and iodine are used in the drug-making process as well.
How Does Tina Work
Methamphetamine is an artificial drug that has the same effects as dopamine, a naturally-occurring brain chemical. This increase in dopamine levels causes a similar effect to cocaine.
In addition to Tina, Crystal Meth is also known as Ice. The drug can be smoked in pipes, injected, snorted, swallowed, or ingested rectally.
Tina Addiction in The U.S.
The numbers of Americans becoming hooked on Tina seemingly grow everyday. There are some counties within America where 50% of people are using Tina everyday. The addiction has become so strong that these people are just using Tina to stay motivated to go to work and struggle to stay afloat just above the poverty line.
What’s worse is that Tina is starting to infiltrate younger and younger groups of the American population. Teens as young as 12 years old have admitted to trying Tina at least once, and many American children in their mid to late-teens are dealing with full-on addiction to the deadly tina drug. The number of teens going through this is in the tens of thousands, and rapidly growing.
If addiction to methamphetamine continues to grow at this rate, unchecked, we may have to start to worry about the future workforce and future leaders of the country.
Effects of Tina on The Brain
Tina is effectively increasing the level of dopamine in the brain. This influx of dopamine into the brain causes a sense of euphoria when users take the drug.
Anytime the chemistry of the brain is artificially altered, there will be significant side effects. People who use methamphetamine regularly can wind up with stores of dopamine leftover in their brain. Prolonged use of the drug can change a person’s dopamine system in such a way that it can affect their verbal learning and motor skills.
Crystal Meth has also been known to affect the areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory. Habitual users of the drug have been known to experience cognitive and mental disorders over time. These changes could be reversed after a long period of non-use, but there are many cases of these effects becoming permanent.
Psychological effects of repeated use include:
- Anxiety or aggressive/violent behavior
- Delusions of grandeur and feeling of invincibility
- Increased sociability
- Increased concentration and focus
- Increased libido, self esteem, and confidence
- Hyperactivity and insomnia
- Hallucinations and paranoia
- Repetitive and obsessive behaviors
- Psychosomatic disorders (mental disorders that end up manifesting in physical symptoms)
Effects of Tina on The Body
In addition to the mental/psychological effects listed above, there are a number of physical side effects Tina can have on the body:
- Acne and itchy skin
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Blurred vision
- Dilated pupils
- Dry mouth
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythm, rapid heart rate, heart palpitations
- Pale skin
- Excessive sweating
- Heightened rate of breathing
- Restlessness, twitching, or tremors
When experiencing the effects of Tina, a user may have lower inhibitions and could do things or make decisions to further put themselves in danger. If a person continues to use methamphetamine, this chronic use or overdose can lead to conditions like heart attack, stroke, or even death.
Chronic users of methamphetamine have a significantly higher risk of losing their teeth. This condition is known as “meth mouth”. Meth mouth occurs in meth users because of the acidity of ingredients used. The ingestion of products like drain cleaner, battery acid, and gasoline over time eventually causes users’ teeth to “rot out” of their mouths.
In addition to these harmful ingredients, the use of Tina causes certain behaviors that can also contribute to Meth Mouth. Users routinely grind and clench their teeth. One of the drug’s side effects, dry mouth, causes a drastic reduction of saliva in users’ mouths. Saliva is there to protect the mouth and teeth. Once it’s gone, teeth can start to decay.
Using Tina also increases the craving for sugary drinks, and users tend to neglect their oral hygiene when in a meth-induced state of euphoria.
Methamphetamine is a very powerful drug. The euphoric effects can last for up to 12 hours, and users tend to crave that feeling again. However, like most substances, the same amount used the first time won’t have the same effect the second or third time. Users need to keep taking more and more of the drug to achieve their high.
A person’s body can be free of methamphetamine within 2-3 days of stopping use, however the psychological effects can last longer. The reason for this is the drastic changes made to a user’s brain chemistry.
During withdrawal a user can experience feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, insomnia, and psychosis. This “emotional rollercoaster” during recovery can also be coupled with strong cravings from time to time. Depending on the level of drug use, these symptoms can last for days or weeks.
Methamphetamine can take a strong hold of you, or a loved one. While there is no government-approved drug to help with Meth addiction, a strong rehabilitation program coupled with cognitive behavioral therapy, can help a person to rebound from Tina addiction. A recovery team may even incorporate things like exercise, better nutrition, and incentives for staying sober to help a person adjust.
If anybody is concerned about Meth addiction for themselves, or a loved one, contact us here at Just Believe Recovery. We’re always here to listen, and provide whatever resources necessary to help anybody gain their life back from addiction.