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Breaking Bad drug crystal meth sweeps Britain

  • Police are concerned the class A drug is spreading across the UK 
  • Last year 100 people were arrested for possession in London alone
  • It was made famous in the hit American TV drama series Breaking Bad

By Matt Hunter For Mailonline

Published: 03:06 EST, 28 August 2016 | Updated: 03:09 EST, 28 August 2016

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Arrests linked to the drug crystal meth have soared by 500% in just five years.

Police are concerned the class A drug is spreading across the UK after it was made famous in the hit American TV drama Breaking Bad.

Last year 100 people were arrested for possession in London alone - 82 more than in 2010, new figures revealed. 

Science teacher-turned-chemist Walter White (pictured) begins manufacturing the drug in its purest form to support his family and pay hospital bills in Breaking Bad

Science teacher-turned-chemist Walter White (pictured) begins manufacturing the drug in its purest form to support his family and pay hospital bills in Breaking Bad

Arrests linked to the drug crystal meth have soared by 500% in just five years

Arrests linked to the drug crystal meth have soared by 500% in just five years

Methamphetamine, or crystal meth as it is commonly known, is popular with partygoers and has been linked to unprotected sex and needle sharing which increases the risk of HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections.

Clubbers refer to the drug, which has been linked to thousands of deaths in the US and Australia, as 'ice', 'tina' and 'crystal'. 

Doctors warn meth use can lead to overdoses, panic attacks, convulsions and sexual assaults.

Science teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, begins manufacturing the drug in its purest form to support his family and pay hospital bills after he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Actor John, 42, whose surname the Daily Star did not disclose, spoke about the drug. 

Police are concerned the class A drug is spreading across the UK after it was made famous in the hit American TV drama Breaking Bad (lead character Walter White pictured)

Police are concerned the class A drug is spreading across the UK after it was made famous in the hit American TV drama Breaking Bad (lead character Walter White pictured)

WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE OR CRYSTAL METH AND WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF TAKING IT?

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth was made famous in Breaking Bad

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth was made famous in Breaking Bad

Methamphetamine, a form of amphetamine sold in 'crystal' form, can be snorted, swallowed or injected by users. 

It is a Class A drug that is known for being extremely powerful and addictive.
The drug induces effects of euphoria, alertness and increased energy and is popular in gay nightclubs.

The Terence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading sexual health charity, says about the drug:  'The comedown can leave you feeling exhausted, aggressive and paranoid, in some cases even suicidal. You can also develop stomach problems such as acid reflux or gastritis due to not eating for a long period of time.

'Depending on how you take crystal, it can also damage the lungs, nose and mouth. ' 

He said: 'I've tried it loads. 'It's much more exhilarating than other recreational drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy. Meth makes you feel like you have woken from a deep sleep all your life.'

'You don't want to sit still and suddenly want to experience all those things that give you pleasure – and they are so much more enhanced.' 

There have also been a surge in attempts to smuggle the drug into the country. 

Border Force patrols uncovering the drug have increased by 400% in the last few years. 

The drug, which can cause side effects like increased heart rate and paranoia, was used by paedophile former rock musician Ian Watkins.

Although methamphetamine was created in 1919, the first UK crystal meth lab was found 2005. 
   

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