What are Methamphetamines?
Strong central nervous system stimulant
Powerful interactive effect upon pleasure centers in the brain
Street names include crank, meth, speed, uppers, ice
What do they look like?
Pure methamphetamine is white, odorless, and bitter tasting
Street meth (impure) can appear as powder, lumps, chucks
Street meth can be brown, yellow, pinkish, reddish in color
What are the physical effects and risks?
Rapid weight loss due to decreased appetite
Increase heart rate and increased blood pressure
Shakes, twitching, dilated pupils
Seizures and strokes
Deterioration of the teeth
What are the psychological effects and risks?
Sense of power/well being
Depression (suicidal thinking)
Delusions and psychosis
Why do young people become users and abusers?
Use of other substances
Sense of invulnerability