Rosa was the lead singer in her high school’s band, a 19-year old woman full of life with high hopes for the future. When peers at her school in Pasig City started using methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as crystal meth (locally known as shabu), she decided to try it. Peer pressure led her to continue using the drug and soon she was addicted. She changed both physically and mentally, losing weight and becoming anxious, paranoid, and delusional.
Meth, a highly addictive man-made stimulant, affects the central nervous system and can seriously compromise a person’s verbal and motor skills. The drug creates a quick rush of euphoria, increased wakefulness, and a burst of energy.
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