COMMON STREET NAMES:
Meth, Speed, Crystal, Crank, Tweak, Ice, Glass, Uppers, Black Beauties, Go-fast, Beanies, Brown, Chalk, Chicken Feed, Crink, Crypto, Fast, Cinnamon, Getgo, Mexican Cocaine, Redneck Crack, Tick Tick, Wash, Yba, Blade, Cristy, Hot Ice, Quartz, Batu
Methamphetamines are speed drugs that affect your brain and in the short term can alter your mind causing sudden mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria, depression, aggression and violent and psychotic behavior.
These drugs push the body faster and harder than it’s meant to go and increases the heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous and sometimes fatal limits, often causing stroke or heart failure. Meth use can cause irreversible brain damage, and long term effects include liver, kidney, and lung damage.
Meth can cause aggression and violent outbursts after using just once. Users who share needles and inject the drug have a high risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and C, and many other diseases. These diseases can be passed down from the user to newborns and sexual partners. The “crash” coming off of a Meth high can be severe.
Methamphetamine is illegal and highly dangerous. Even the production of Meth can cause fire and explosions due to the ignitable, corrosive, and toxic chemicals used to make meth in makeshift labs and kitchens.
IS THIS DRUG ADDICTIVE:
Yes, Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive drug.
SIGNS OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE:
Because of the inconsistencies in the production of Methamphetamines, it may be difficult to tell the signs of Meth use but they include:
- over sensitivity to noise
- irritability and nervous activity like scratching
and presence of drug paraphernalia such as:
- straight edge razor blades
- surgical tubing or leather belts with teeth marks
- bent or burnt spoons
Because methamphetamine can be made from battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze, there is a greater chance of suffering a stroke, heart failure, and brain damage than using other drugs.
Many users of methamphetamine get hooked or addicted the first time they use meth. This is true regardless if the meth is smoked, snorted or injected.
Drug and alcohol dependence disorders and addictions are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. The first step is to recognize the problem and seek help for yourself or loved ones. To speak to a caring, experienced addiction advisor call 1-800-601-0759 or fill out the contact form below.