TEN times more addictive than speed, longer lasting than crack cocaine, crystal meth, is on its way to the UK.
View attachment 10072 According to police and drug charities, its use is growing at an alarming rate because it is cheap and easy to make.
Several meth-making factories in Britain have been raided over the last two years.
The drug is a massive problem in the States - Britney Spears took it during her breakdown and Hollywood star Michael Douglas's son Cameron was arrested last week for allegedly dealing in the drug.
For his latest film, documentary maker Louis Theroux went to Fresno in California and discovered a town in the grip of meth addiction where HALF of all crime is related to use of the drug, full name methylamphetamine.
It is so powerful that one woman he met there spent TWOWEEKS wide awake after taking meth.
It can also destroy the body - the American woman went from a fresh-faced girl to looking like an old hag in just 2½ years.
Louis said: "I was on the trail of the world's most abused hard drug. Crystal meth is cheap and easy to produce. It can be devastating for those who get addicted.
"Recently there has been a surge in the numbers of addicted women. One of the side effects of meth is unbridled sexual activity and many of the women are mothers to large numbers of children."
"There are around half a million people in Fresno. It's been hit hard by unemployment.
"It also has a large and growing homeless population. Some say that people here take meth to help them work longer hours in boring jobs. Others simply to escape from reality."
Louis met a man who spends £400 a week on meth, has five children who don't live with him, but who has managed to hold on to his marriage to a fellow drug user for more than 20 years.
The man's wife is training to be a drugs counsellor - despite relapsing herself and being on meth again. She is so addicted she even has to take meth to get enough energy to clean the house.
Louis also visited a group of men in their thirties who spend all day smoking the drug, including one who has been taking it since he was just ELEVEN.
The TV presenter also witnessed a man high on meth and armed with a knife having a violent argument with his sister.
Louis added: "Meth provides a primitive and dangerous kind of pain relief, going on to cause new pain across the generations."
Louis Theroux - The City Addicted To Crystal Meth is on BBC2 tomorrow at 9pm.
Source - http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepag...-meth-ruining-USA-and-is-on-the-way-here.html
By EMMA COX
TV Features Editor