Recently, trending videos on social media have brought to light a silent killer ravaging the lives of Eastern Nigerian youths. For years now, drug addiction was becoming a menace among eastern Nigerian youths and the government have turned a blind eye.
Drug law enforcement agencies like the NDLEA have equally done little or nothing to curb this menace.

Methamphetamine also known as Crystal meth or ‘Mkpurummiri’ is one of the abused drugs among eastern Nigerian youths. To curb this menace, social groups have taken laws into their hands by giving corporal punishment to anyone caught selling/buying/using crystal meth or any order hard drugs.

while the methods used by these various social groups have been labeled by many as ‘Human abuse’ and ‘unconstitutional’, it seems to be the only option as the government seems unconcerned.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine also known as ‘Mkpurummiri’ (in Igbo language) or crystal meth is a drug belonging to the Amphetamine family of stimulants. It is consumed in pipes similarly to crack-cocaine. It can be injected, snorted or swallowed.

Crystal meth is highly addictive and it’s one of the chemsex drugs. Some of the effects experienced by people includes euphoria, excessive sex drive, alertness, happiness and increased energy. These effects can last for as long as twelve hours.

females also take crystal meth for weight loss, but this is short lived as the body soon provides resistance to the drug and fat builds up again.

Risks of taking crystal meth

  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Violence
  • Meth mouth: a condition characterized by rapid decay and fall out of teeth
  • Agitation and panic
  • Drug related psychoses
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • confusion
  • Untimely death


Written by: Daniel(Mls 300level)

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