America is in the grip of a health crisis. Opioid drugs – that is, narcotic pain medications which induce feelings of euphoria – have become the third most commonly abused substances in America after alcohol and marijuana. Donald Trump even declared the opioid crisis a "health emergency." But with all the constant (and much needed) discussions surrounding opioids, we forget that there are other drugs that are just as damaging. Namely, methamphetamine, of which, the most commonly used form is the drug crystal meth.
Songwriter, actress, and former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie – full name, Stacy Ann Ferguson – spoke to iNews about her addiction to crystal meth in the years before she became a part of the Black Eyed Peas. The details are shocking.
Meth is a HIGHLY addictive drug.floods the brain with dopamine, a chemical that elicits feelings of pleasure. The high is so strong, many people get addicted from using it just once. Even worse, tolerance quickly builds up, so people have to use higher and higher dosages to experience the same feeling they once did.
But higher doses are more dangerous for a drug that's already so deadly, the side effects can literally be lethal.
Even physically taking the drug, especially via the needle route, puts users at higher risk.
via: Getty ImagesMeth users also develop pockmarked skin because they experience sensations of insects crawling over their skin and pick at them. Meth causes hallucinations, and makes your teeth fall out since it causes bruxism – teeth grinding – and dry mouth, as well as unhygienic dental practices, a fatal combination for your pearly whites.
Meth is the last substance IN THE WORLD you want to make a habit of using.
For those of you who might be intrigued by these effects, here's a sobering picture.
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Fergie herself acknowledged this during an interview in 2006.said to Time magazine. "I dug deep as to why I got there. It's the drug that's addicting. But it's why you start doing it in the first place that's interesting. A lot of it was being a child actor, I learned to suppress feelings."
Fergie is certainly not suppressing feelings any longer because she's out with a new solo album.
Fergie first started taking drugs as a teenager.revealed that she started by taking ecstasy.
"I got into a scene," Fergie said, "I started going out and taking ecstasy."
via: Getty Images"From ecstasy it went to crystal meth. With any drugs, everything is great at the beginning, and then slowly your life starts to spiral down. [I was] 90 pounds at one point."
From there, things only got worse.
Fergie kicked the habit after one year, however.
But there was one other thing that helped the "Milf $" singer stop – God.
"I started getting really paranoid," the "Big Girls Don't Cry" singer said.
via: Getty Images"So I went one day into this church and I thought that the FBI and the SWAT teams were outside the church...so I had a conversation with God...and I said, 'Alright, if I go out there and the FBI and the SWAT team's not out there, then it's the drugs and I'm stopping.'"