Methamphetamine

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
www.samhsa.gov/csat/csat.htm
1-800-662-4357

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
www.health.org
1-800-729-6686

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
www.na.org/links-toc.htm

Alcoholics Anonymous
Group support for your addiction to alcohol
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org

Alcoholics Anonymous Family Group Headquarters
Group support for those with family members who suffer from alcoholism
www.al-anon-alateen.org

American Cancer Society Information on quitting smoking
www.cancer.org
1-800-227-2345

Smoking, Tobacco and Health Information Line
1-800-232-1311

Tips 4 Teens - Stop Smoking Help
www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/osh/tipsteen.htm