KUWAIT: A senior Interior Ministry official warned about the ‘notable spread’ of crystal meth in the Kuwaiti society and said the drug became popular among addicts due to its relatively low price, prolific smuggling and immediate affect. The insider who preferred to keep his identity anonymous noted at the same time that the drug which is considered “relatively new in Kuwait’s drug market” leads to several negative effects on the abuser, some of which are physical such as “nerve damage and fatal damages to vital organs,” and some others are psychological, such a tendency to indulge in criminal behavior. In this regard, the source told Al- Qabas that the drug, known scientifically as methamphetamine and popularly referred to as ‘meth’ or ‘ice’ or ‘crystal’ could possibly be blamed for the increasing violent behavior in the Kuwaiti society. “The side effects of abusing meth include schizophrenia and an urge to see blood,” the source explained.
The ministry official also said that the drug is usually smuggled as a powdery substance that looks like salt, and is then often mixed with other substances in order to increase its weight. Some of these substances are toxic, according to tests carried out on confiscated drugs. “Crystal meth has an immediate effect as it can lead to addiction after taking the first dose,” the sources said, adding that one dose “immediately drives the addict into a case of visual and audio hallucinations, before making him feel severe depression and weakness and making him pine for the next dose.” According to the source, a gram of crystal meth is being sold in Kuwait for KD20. He attributed its popularity to its “easy and low cost making.