By: Timmy Hughes and Ashna Kumar

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, or more commonly known as “meth”, is a very addictive stimulant drug. Stimulants are a type of drugs that can boost mood, increase energy, and make you more alert, but they also have dangerous effects like raising heart rate and blood pressure. Methamphetamine is a manmade, white, bitter-tasting powder. Sometimes it's made into a white pill or a shiny, white or clear rock called a crystal.

How is Methamphetamine used?

Methamphetamine is swallowed, snorted, injected with a needle, or smoked. “Crystal meth” is a large, usually clear crystal that is smoked in a glass pipe. It is abused because the “high” feeling doesn’t last very long, so users of meth abuse it in a binge and crash pattern.
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How does Methamphetamine affect the brain?

Meth affects the brain by causing a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain which causes pleasure. When the brain loses dopamine, people can get depression. Regular use of meth causes chemical and molecular changes. It causes thinking and movement problems that are long term. meth can destroy nerve cells that produce dopamine and another neurotransmitter called serotonin.

What are some other effects of Methamphetamine?

  • Feeling very awake and active

  • Fast heart rate and irregular heartbeat

  • Higher blood pressure

  • Higher body temperature

Long term effects

  • Anxiety and confusion

  • Problems sleeping

  • Mood swings

  • Violent behavior

  • Psychosis (hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there)

  • Skin sores caused by scratching

  • Severe weight loss

  • Severe dental problems, known as “meth mouth”

  • Problems with thinking, emotion, and memory

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Can you get addicted to Methamphetamine?

Yes, you can get addicted to Meth. Meth causes tolerance, after people use it for a while, they need to take more meth to get the same high feeling.

Can you die from the use of Meth?

Yes, it is possible to die from Meth. Meth can raise your body temperature so high that you can pass out, and if this is not treated right away, this can cause death. You can also die of a heart attack or stroke.

How many teens abuse Methamphetamine?

0.8% of 8th graders abuse Meth, 1.3% of 10th graders abuse Meth, and 1% of 12th graders abuse Meth.

What should you do if someone needs help?

If someone needs help, you should call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (they don’t just talk about suicide, they also talk about

If you need information on treatment and where you can find it, you can call:

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at 1-800-662-HELP or visit

What classifications does Methamphetamine belong in?

Methamphetamine is in the stimulant classification. Stimulant speeds you up and gets you hyper.