Drugs are bad

Methamphetamine

What is meth?

Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle. Some even take it orally, but all develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyperactiveness and energy. One also experiences decreased appetite. These drug effects generally last from six to eight hours,

slang/street names

Crystal, Crystal Glass, Crystal Meth, Christina, Tina, Cris, Cristy, White Cross, White Crunch, Ice Cream

Long and short term effects

long: meth use can cause irreversible harm increased heart rate and blood pressure; damaged blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes or an irregular heartbeat

short: Loss of appetite Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature Dilation of pupils Disturbed sleep patterns Nausea Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior

Signs of abuse

  • memory loss, aggressive or violent behavior, mood disturbances, severe dental problems