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Lethal crystal meth is flooding Irish jails turning inmates into “walking zombies”, we can reveal.

A prison source said crystal meth – short for methamphetamine– can be bought for as little as €20 a bag in prison, which would typically give the user four to five hits.

The highly-addictive drug, which is smoked or injected, causes paranoia. It is considered dangerous as it causes addicts to need a hit every two hours.

The source said: “Crystal meth is only a recent phenomenon in prisons.

“Drugs such as heroin, cocaine and hash are the main drugs that are smuggled in.

“However, there has been an emergence of inmates who use drugs taking crystal meth.

“It’s extremely dangerous as it makes the user extremely paranoid. They are basically like zombies. It’s one of the most addictive drugs out there and users become extremely desperate and violent in some circumstances if they can’t get it.

“The fear is it will become increasingly more popular in time as it’s cheaper than other similar drugs like heroin.

“Despite there being good drug detection methods in place inmates still manage to get it in.

“They are constantly coming up with new ways of smuggling drugs and other contraband.”

Crystal meth was at the center of acclaimed American TV series Breaking Bad.

Addicts use the drug more regularly than they would an opiate like heroin.

A source last night said that the drug, which is also rife on the streets of Dublin, is primarily made abroad – mostly in Chinese meth labs – and smuggled in.

A similar drug increasingly more popular in jails is Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV for short.

It is a psychoactive stimulant which causes euphoria, increased alertness, awareness, motivation and energy, as well as boosting sexual stimulation.

The drug’s effects last for six to eight hours and high doses have been known to cause panic attacks, sleep withdrawal and psychosis.

Users are at risk of blood-borne diseases, but there is also a lot of concern over the potential for mental health issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/breaking-bad-drug-flooding-irish-4634666

 

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