What is it?
Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates
certain systems in the brain.
does it look like?
Meth is a crystal-like powdered substance that sometimes comes in large
rock-like chunks. When the powder flakes off the rock, the shards look
like glass, which is another nickname for meth. Meth is usually white
or slightly yellow, depending on the purity.
are the street names/slang terms for it?
Speed, meth, crank, crystal, ice, fire, croak, crypto, white cross, glass,
is it used?
Methamphetamine can be taken orally, injected, snorted, or smoked.
are its short-term effects?
Immediately after smoking or intravenous injection, the methamphetamine
user experiences an intense sensation called a "rush" or "flash,"
that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable.
Oral or intranasal use produces euphoria - a high, but not a rush. Other
effects include irritability/aggression, anxiety, nervousness, convulsions,
are its long-term effects?
Meth is addictive, and users can develop a tolerance quickly, needing
higher amount to get high, and going on longer binges. Some users avoid
sleep for 3 to 15 days while bingeing.
Paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive behavior patterns, and delusions
of parasites or insects under the skin characterize psychological symptoms
of prolonged meth use. Users often obsessively scratch their skin to get
rid of these imagined insects.
use, high dosages, or both can bring on full-blown toxic psychosis (often
exhibited as violent, aggressive behavior). This violent, aggressive behavior
is usually coupled with extreme paranoia.
research shows that those who use methamphetamine risk long-term damage
to their brain cells similar to that caused by strokes or Alzheimer's
is its federal classification?
Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug.