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Meth

Crystal Meth (crystal methamphetamine) is white crystallized powder that can be ingested by snorting, smoking, swallowing, or injecting it with a needle. It is a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous systems. While it is most commonly smoked, it can also be compressed into a pill form. When taken, meth creates a false sense of happiness, a rush of confidence, hyperactivity, and energy which develops a strong desire for continued use. These effects last between 6 to 8 hours but can last up to 24 hours. Crystal meth is within the same class of drugs as cocaine and it is illegal.

 

SLANG:

Meth:
Crank, Mexican crack, Redneck cocaine, Speed,
Tweak, Yaba (Southeast Asia)

Crystal Meth:
Blade, Crystal, Glass, Ice, Uppers, Ventana

short term effects include*:

  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions/Seizures
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Nausea
  • Delusions of power

    *These symptoms may differ among users

long term effects include*:

  • Destruction of tissues in nose if snorted
  • Psychosis
  • Severe Tooth Decay
  • Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s
  • Strong psychological dependence


    *These symptoms may differ among users
 

FACTS:

  • Causes a severe crash after the effects wear off.
  • Meth users who inject, are at risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.
  • Illegal in all states.