Street Methamphetamine (Speed, Meth, Chalk)

A highly addictive stimulant taken orally, snorted as a powder, injected or smoked. It releases high levels of dopamine within the brain.

Methamphetamine hydrochloride (Crystal Methamphetamine, Crystal meth, Ice Crystal, Glass)

A form of Methamphetamine composed of clear chunky crystal that are smoked.

Possible Positives

  • The user experiences a high lasting for hours.
  • If the drug is injected or smoked this high is preceded by a "rush" or "flash" of extreme pleasure lasting a few minutes.
  • Increased alertness
  • Increased physical activity

Possible Negatives

  • Highs are followed by a depression that lasts for days.
  • Decreased appetite
  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Convulsions
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Irreversible damage to blood vessels
  • Irreversible brain damage
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased respiration rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Collapse of the heart or blood vessels
  • Bloody ulcers inside the nose if snorted
  • Stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Parkinson's disease: a severe movement disorder due to decreased levels of dopamine produced.
  • Coma
  • Death

Related Info

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and National Hotline
Treatment & referrals

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

Narcotics Anonymous World Service Office in Los Angeles
An international, community-based association, holding weekly meetings for recovering drug addicts.
(818) 773-9999 To locate your local chapter

Alcoholics Anonymous
Group support for your addiction to alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous Family Group Headquarters
Group support for those with family members who suffer from alcoholism

American Cancer Society Information on quitting smoking

Smoking, Tobacco and Health Information Line

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