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Meth Facts

  • Methamphetamine is the name of the drug commonly known on the street as Meth, Crystal Meth, Crystal, Ice, Crank, Speed, Glass, & Chalk.
  • Methamphetamine comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, orally ingested, or injected.
  • Meth is odorless, making it difficult to detect.
  • In the 1980's, "ice," a smokable form of methamphetamine, came into use.
  • Acute lead poisoning is a potential risk for methamphetamine abusers.
  • Even small amounts of meth can produce serious negative effects on your body such as hyperthermia and convulsions, which sometimes result in death to the user.
  • Meth is a stimulant on the central nervous system and has a high potential for abuse and addiction.
  • Meth stimulation on the central nervous system, causing chemical reactions in the brain which trick the body into thinking it has unlimited energy supplies and drains energy reserves needed in other parts of the body.
  • Meth's effects the user in similar ways as cocaine, but with more power, more amps to the body so to speak.
  • Meth looks like white crystalline powder, soluble in water or alcohol and bitter-tasting.
  • Research shows that damage to neurons containing Dopamine and Serotonin occurs to the nerve endings "terminals" which appear to have limited ability to re-grow, thus putting the user at risk for conditions such as Parkinsons & Alzheimers in later years.
  • Meth users can stay awake for long periods of time and then eventually crash, feeling tired and depressed, worse off then than before they took the drug.
  • Chemical imbalances in the brain combined with sleep deprivation commonly associated with continued use of meth cause the user to experience hallucinations, extreme paranoia and bizarre, violent behavior.
  • Women are more likely to use meth than cocaine.
  • Methamphetamine kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke.


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