What is it?

methamphetamine addiction treatment and prevention servicesMethamphetamine, or meth, is classified as a stimulant. Meth has a high potential for abuse and is very toxic to the brain and body. Meth is manmade and is produced in many different forms. It can come in a pill form, powder, or as crystal meth. Depending on the form, meth can smoked, injected, snorted, or swallowed. To intensify or to feel the same side effects over time, a user may take higher doses, take it more frequently, or change how they use the drug. Other names for methamphetamine include: crank, tina, chalk, glass, speed, ice, poor man’s cocaine, and many more.

Methamphetamine affects the brain by releasing a chemical called dopamine. At the same time, it blocks the brain from absorbing the dopamine released. This creates damaging side effects to the body’s central nervous system.

Possible Health Effects


  • Addiction
  • Violent behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Sensation of insects on or under skin
  • Skin Sores
  • Insomnia
  • Memory Loss
  • Dental problems
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke


  • Rapid Breathing
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Hyperthermia
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased wakefulness and physical activity

Methamphetamine is manufactured across the United States and Mexico. Pseudoephedrine, which is an over-the-counter medication found in many cold medicines has been a common ingredient in the production of meth for years. Pharmacies and other retail stores are now required by law to keep logs of who purchases products containing pseudoephedrine. There is a long list of other toxic ingredients that are used to make meth that can have serious health effects for people living near meth labs.


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