Methamphetamine is an addictive central nervous system stimulant.

      Forms/Methods of Use:

      • Pill- original form “Methedrine”- Oral

      • Powder- snorted

      • Crank- form when mixed with water and injected

      • Smokeable form- heated in pipe; “Crystal Meth”


      Short Term Effects:
      • Increases heart rate, energy, blood pressure

      • Euphoria and rush

      • Increased respiration

      • Hyperthermia

      • “high” that lasts up to 12 hours

      • Decreased appetite

      • False sense of confidence and power

      • Decreased fatigue; restlessness

      • Dizziness

      • Sweating


      Long Term Effects:
      • Tolerance develops

      • Severe cravings

      • Anxiety

      • Paranoia

      • Aggressive/violent behaviors
      • Liver damage

      • Mouth and body sores

      • Auditory Hallucinations

      • Delusions

      • Moodiness disturbances


      Dangers of Long-term Use
      • Addiction

      • Functional/molecular changes in brain

      • Psychotic features including suicidal/homicidal thoughts

      • Tolerance to drug

      • Depression (serotonin-containing nerve cells may be damaged)


      Motivation for Use
      • Dependence

      • Intense sensation or rush

      • Experimentation

      • Increased sexual sensation

      • Stamina; alertness

      • Psychic effects

      • Weight Loss


      Slang Names
      • Meth

      • Speed

      • Crystal meth

      • Ice

      • Rocks

      • Glass

      • L.A.

      • Crank

      • Chalk

      • Zip

      • Tina (popular name among LGBTQ population)



      Please visit the Meth Information and Resource Center from The Partnership for a Drug-Free America at
      http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/methamphetamine/

      For more information on methamphetamine, inhalants and addiction in Bucks County call the AIM program at 1-215 345-6644



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