Last blog I touched on how I got into dealing drugs. The seductive nature of the industry complimented my personal issues. That did change though, and the drug scene evolved aswell as the participants.
When I first got started, ecstatsy (MDMA) or eccys for slang was the in thing. It was strong, affordable, didnt have the stigma of ice or heroin and not as addictive. People stayed in their jobs, and could afford the money to get high for a weekend, and most importantly people stopped to go back to work. Getting robbed was rare, and drug fueled crimes because of ecstasy even rarer. I could only imagine a eccy stick up, guy dances into a servo, holds it up with a rave stick, then hugs his victim on the way out, very unlikely. These were the best times. A good party scene, plenty of cusomers, money and no fuss.
So as eccys are illegal and sought after by the police, eventually they managed to do their job and took out the major players. Eccys dried up. So what happens when thousands of drug users have no supply, they look elsewhere. Heroin was a downer and is looked so downly upon by the major drug populous, weed was a downer and only appealed to certain people, it definately was not a party drug either. The only other drug going around was speed. So speed was the new mainstream drug. It was cheap, lasted for hours, and as long as it wasnt ice or injected, you were not considered a “junkie”.
As speed became more popular, stronger and different varieties came out. Colloquial words such as “pure” and “smokeable” came out in reference to these different varieties. “Pure” was regarded as really strong and “smokeable” meant it was cut with an agent that meant you could smoke it. This smokeable speed was a stepping stone to a rife Ice epedemic. Everyone was already eating the stuff so they thought “I’ll try smoking it, I mean it’s not Ice”, This was around the time the Ice deterent adds came out. You smoked Ice you were a junkie, but if you smoked speed, you were still considered an honourable drug user or “weekend warrior”. People from all demographics were using this perceived honourable way of taking drugs.
Just because it is the same drug doesn’t mean the way you take it will have the same effect. If you inject speed, you become more drunk like and go out and cause trouble. It is a very addictive way of taking it and is near impossible to go back to other methods, once on that train users go for weeks, months or even years. I have never injected but I have seen first hand it change countless people. Eating speed is more like ecstasy, you dont fiend for it, you take on a more of a party frame of mind and most importantly you can easily stop and go back to normality. Smoking speed is different again. You have a puff and a massive rush comes over you but doesn’t last long. You seem to not go out as much as when you eat or inject it, you just want to hover around the pipe and chase that initial rush for atternity. The addictivness of smoking it though is close to injecting it. All these “weekend warriors” started smoking speed and got caught up in the addictive trap, it is not long before they are blinded and smoking whatever they can, even Ice. Essentailly Ice and Speed are exactly the same chemical compound.
This changed the scene immensely. It became a dirty untrustworthy game of people getting robbed, bashed and just done over by their friends, all succumned to uncontrollable addictive urges. I never had to rob anyone to support my habit, my addiction prompted me to learn how to make it.
My next blog will be about my lab and getting busted.