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Discussion Questions based on the video

1) What is meth?

Meth is methamphetamine, an artificial stimulant. These days it is typically made from ephedrine-based, over-the-counter cold medicines.

2) What other names is meth known by?

Meth is also known as crank, ice, speed, crystal, crystal meth, glass, go, go-fast, jet fuel, crock, batu, tweek, cridium, sketch, wake-up, junk, and cristy.

3) Why is meth dangerous?

Besides the long list of medical conditions that meth can cause, it is dangerous because of the fact that meth “cooks” produce the drug using various solvents that are extremely poisonous. Among others, cooks have been known to use battery acid, anhydrous ammonia, diesel fuel, formaldehyde, Drano, and even urine.

4) What medical conditions can meth cause?

Meth use can cause liver damage, brain damage, permanent psychological disorders, sores (known as crank “bugs”), kidney and lung disorders, stroke, coma, and many other problems, up to and including death.

5) What is “tweaking”?

“Tweaking,” which doctors refer to as “methamphetamine psychosis,” is similar to schizophrenia. The meth user becomes psychotic, paranoid, and delusional. They can also become quite aggressive and dangerous to themselves and others during this stage of meth abuse.

6) Many people think that after they quit using meth they can go back to being the person they were before they started. This is not always true. What kind of permanent damage can meth cause?

A person’s brain chemistry doesn’t always go back to what it was before their drug habit. Meth can cause permanent psychological problems, such as schizophrenia.


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