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METH FACTS: Methamphetamines are synthetic amphetamines or stimulants that are produced and sold illegally in pill form, capsules, powder, and chunks. Two such methamphetamines are crank and ice. Crank refers to any form of methamphetamine. Ice is a crystallized, smokable chunk form of methamphetamine that produces a more intense reaction than cocaine or speed. Ice has an appearance that is clear and crystal-like, and resembles frozen ice water. Methamphetamines stimulate the central nervous system, and the effects may last anywhere from 8 to 24 hours. Crank and ice are extremely addictive and produce a severe craving for the drug.

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS:

  • increased alertness •sense of well-being •paranoia •intense high •hallucinations •aggressive

behavior •increased heart rate •convulsions •extreme rise in body temperature (as high as 108 degrees which can cause brain damage and death) •uncontrollable movements (twitching, jerking, etc...) •violent behavior •insomnia •impaired speech •dry, itchy skin •loss of appetite

  • acne, sores •numbness

EFFECTS ON THE MIND:

  • disturbed sleep •excessive excitation •excessive talking •panic •anxiousness •nervousness

  • moodiness and irritability •false sense of confidence and power •delusions of grandeur

leading to aggressive behavior •uninterested in friends, sex, or food •aggressive and violent behavior •severe depression

LONG-TERM EFFECTS:

  • fatal kidney and lung disorders •possible brain damage •depression •hallucinations

  • disorganized lifestyle •permanent psychological problems •violent and aggressive behavior

  • weight loss •insomnia •behavior resembling paranoid schizophrenia •decreased social life

  • malnutrition •poor coping abilities •disturbance of personality development •lowered

resistance to illnesses •liver damage •stroke •death

From the Koch Crime Institute http://www.kci.org/meth_info/links.htm

Fact: Methamphetamine use among high school seniors more than doubled between 1990 & 1996.

Fact: The average meth "cook" annually teaches ten others how to make meth.

Fact: Every pound of meth produced leaves behind five to six pounds of toxic waste.

Fact: Methamphetamine-induced paranoia has led to numerous murders and suicides.

Fact: Meth users are the hardest to treat of all drug users.

Fact: Meth lab site cleanups can cost up to $150,000.

Fact: Meth use increases risk of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.

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