Substance Abuse:

Methamphetamine

Basic Info:

1. Commercial & Street Names - meth, ice, crank, chalk, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, speed
2. DEA Schedule - II

3. Acute Effects - Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, metabolism, feelings of exhilaration, increased energy, mental alertness, tremors, reduced appetite, irritability, anxiety, panic, paranoia, violent behavior, psychosis

4. Health Risks - Weight loss, insomnia, cardiac or cardiovascular complications, stroke, seizures, addiction and severe dental problems

Effects and Cost to Society, Families and Communities

Hazardous and toxic materials are used to produce meth, which causes immediate and long-term environmental health risks. The waste is usually dumped into sources of water and can contaminate it. It brings crime up because people need money and will rob or kill others. Many children are neglected and get put into foster homes. You don't even have to know a person who uses or "cooks" meth to be affected. The materials used are very flammable and can cause an explosion very easily, so anyone living in the area could be affected. People who inject it can spread diseases by sharing needles. Chemical burns from making the drug are expensive to treat and place a financial strain on hospitals and state medical programs. Treatment for addicts is really expensive because most keep going back to the drug. Meth labs can leave create vapors that permeate the halls and carpets of houses and buildings and cleaning up these site costs anywhere from $2,000-$4,000. Also property owners can be held responsible and are made to pay the damages. More @ http://healthvermont.gov/adap/meth/community_impact.aspx

How Administered:

The National Poison Control Center

You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.