Methamphetamine

Category: Stimulant.

Names: Ice, chalk, crank, fire, glass, go-fast, meth, speed, uppers, black beauties, tweak.

Usage: Injected, swallowed, smoked, snorted, can be smoked or eaten.

Duration: 6 to 8 hours (days and weeks if consumed continually).

Description: Powder, tablets, liquid. Immediate

Effects: Increased wakefulness and physical activity, decreased appetite, high agitation, increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety, euphoria, a “rush” of energy, hyperthermia, increased respiration.

Delayed Effects: Chronic fatigue, delusional thinking, permanent psychological damages, eroded brain cells, inability to make reasonable judgments, nervousness, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, thoughts of suicide or murder, mood disturbances

Overdose: Heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrest, damage to the liver, kidneys, and lungs.

Withdrawal: Drug craving, irritability, loss of energy, depression, shaking, nausea, sweating, fearfulness, anxiety, paranoia, aggression.

Signs & Symptoms: Inability to sleep, increased sensitivity to noise, nervous physical activity (like scratching), irritability, dizziness, confusion, extreme anorexia, tremors, convulsions, presence of inhaling paraphernalia (such as razor blades, mirrors or straws), presence of injecting paraphernalia (such as syringes, heated spoons or surgical tubing), violent behavior, rapid breathing, decreased appetite, aggressiveness, increased body temperature, need to carry a weapon to protect themselves, body odor, bad teeth, thinning hair, splotchy skin covered in sores.

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 7 high school students will try meth.
  • 99% of first-time users are hooked after just the first try.
  • Only 5% of meth addicts are able to kick it and stay away
  • From the first hit to the last breath, the life expectancy of a habitual meth user is only 5 years.
  • Since 1999, meth lab busts have jumped more than 3 times
  • Compared to their counterparts in larger cities, children aged 12-14 who live in smaller towns are 104% more likely to use meth.
  • 1 pound of meth equals 5 pounds of toxic waste produced by its manufacture.
  • Meth may be as addictive as crack and more powerful.
  • 92% of methamphetamine deaths reported in 1994 involved meth in combination with another drug, such as alcohol, heroin or cocaine.

Meth Labs: The following signs may indicate the presence of a meth lab: unusual odors, excessive amounts of trash, curtains always drawn, evidence of chemical waste or dumping, frequent visitors at unusual times, secretive or unfriendly occupants, extensive security measures or attempts to ensure privacy or renters who pay cash. If you suspect the presence of a meth lab, stay far away. Meth labs are dangerous and toxic with explosive chemicals. Call your local police. In Tennessee, the Meth Hotline is 1-877-TNN-METH or visit www.methfreetn.org.