Methamphetamine (AKA Speed, Ice, Chalk, Meth, White cross, Poor man’s cocaine, Hot ice, L.A. glass, Crystal, Crank, Fire, Glass, Tweak) is a toxic, highly addictive stimulant that affects several areas of the central nervous system.
Initially, meth was synthesized between the two world wars and was used as a military drug to give soldiers more energy and increased alertness.
During the 50’s and 60’s, meth was widely used to combat depression and cause weight loss. However, due to the adverse side effects of the drug, it was removed from the market. Meth is highly addictive.
|What does it look like?
Meth can be found in several forms.
What are the immediate effects?
- Excited Speech
- Decreased appetite
- Increased activity levels
- Increased breathing and heart rate
What are the long-term effects?
- Cardiac and Neurological damage
- Increased risk for contracting infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV (if injected)
- Dramatic weight loss
- Memory loss
- Significant reductions in dopamine transporters
Yes, teens are using methamphetamines. A recent survey found:
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