Methamphetamine (Meth)

What is Meth?

Methamphetamine (Meth) is a stimulant drug. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish white rocks. It can be taken orally, or by snorting, injection or smoking. Meth is chemically related to amphetamines, but its effects on the central nervous system are more powerful.

Street names:

Ice, Chalk, Crank, Crystal, Glass, Meth, Speed

Did you know?

  • Meth is extremely addictive.
  • A side effect of meth is extreme dry mouth.
  • Continued Methamphetamine use causes changes in the brain's dopamine system that are associated with reduced coordination, impaired verbal learning, severe changes also affected areas of the brain involved in emotion and memory. Although some of these brain changes may reverse after being off the drug for a year or more, other changes may not recover even after a long period of abstinence. A recent study even suggests that people who used methamphetamine have an increased the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Dangerous because:

  • Use causes irregular heartbeat and convulsions, increased blood pressure and body temperature, tremors, insomnia, and aggression.
  • Long-term effects can include violent behavior, paranoia, and hallucinations that can occur even after the user has stopped taking the drug.
  • Use can cause stroke, anorexia, heart attack, and death.

Signs of use:

  • Aggressive and violent behavior
  • Nervous physical activity
  • Scabs and open sores
  • Loss of appetite