What is Methamphetamine?

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 19, 2013 in: Drug Education .

Methamphetamine is a dangerous stimulent. "Meth" creates feeling of euphoria and excitement by releasing high levels of the neurotransmitter, "dopamine".

"Meth" causes:

  • sleeplessness
  •  increased physical acitivy
  • decreased appetite
  • increased heart rate, blood pressure and respiration
  • limitless long term effects including cardiac and neurological damage.

"Meth users" may also exhibit:

  •  aggressive and psychotic behavior
  •  irritability and anxiety
  • paranoia or  auditory hallucinations as well as seizures or paranoia that is so severe the user becomes violent or suicidal.

"Meth" is smoked, snorted, injected, or administered orally.
Users refer to "Meth" as Lith, Crank, Cystal, Ice, Speed, Glass and Chalk.Methamphetamine is an illegal narcotic and a controlled substance. Possession of this drug in any form is a "felony", punishable with both incarceration and serious fines.

WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED?
"Meth users" are not the only people poisoned by this drug. "Meth" manufacturing is extremely dangerous and involves many common household chemical products. These chemicals and the array of their combinations, are potentially lethal and toxic. When mixed, the household chemicals used in the manufacturing process can damage the:

  • Central nervous system
  • liver and kidneys
  • burn or irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat.

    The chemicals and fumes that permeate the walls, carpets, plaster and wood in "meth labs", as well as the surrounding soil, are known to cause:

  • Cancer

  • short-term and permanent brain damage

  • immune system problems and respiratory system problems.

If you know of anyone using, manufacturing or distributing Methamphetamine please report it!

Information provided by:The National Crime Prevention Council and the Crime Prevention Unit of the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

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