- Methamphetamine is the name of the drug
commonly known on the street as Meth, Crystal Meth, Crystal, Ice, Crank, Speed,
Glass, & Chalk.
comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, orally ingested, or injected.
- Meth is odorless, making it difficult
- In the 1980's, "ice,"
a smokable form of methamphetamine, came into use.
lead poisoning is a potential risk for methamphetamine abusers.
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.
is a stimulant on the central nervous system and has a high potential for abuse
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
are more likely to use meth than cocaine.
kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke.
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- Drug Facts
- Adults 18 to 25 years old have a higher rate of current cocaine use than those in any other age group.
- Marijuana use can also lower sperm counts possibly resulting in difficulty in having children.
- Methadone is a synthetic drug. It was first invented in Germany during the Second World War by scientists who, having discovered pethidine some years earlier, were developing other similar compounds.
- In 1994, cocaine-related episodes comprised 28% of all emergency room drug-related episodes.