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Slang Talk
There are many different slang names for methamphetamine in use today. Some of the more popular names include the following:
 
Speed
Meth
Crystal
Crank
Tweak
Go-fast
Ice
Glass
Uppers
Black beauties
 
 
Get the Facts...

Methamphetamine affects your brain. In the short term, meth causes mind and mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria, and depression. Long-term effects can include chronic, paranoid or delusional thinking, and permanent psychological damage.

Methamphetamine affects your body. Over "amping" on any type of speed is pretty risky. Creating a false sense of energy, these drugs push the body faster and further than it's meant to go. It increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of stroke.

Methamphetmaine affects your self-control. Meth may be as addictive as crack and more powerful.

Methamphetamine can kill you. An overdose of meth can result in heart failure. Long-term physical effects such as liver, kidney, and lung damage may also kill you.

Know the Risks...

There are a lot of risks associated with using methamphetamine, including:

  • Meth can cause a severe "crash" after the effects wear off.
  • Meth use can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain.
  • Meth users who inject the drug and share needles are at risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.
Know the Signs...

It is not always easy to tell if someone is using meth, but there are signs you can look for:

  1. Inability to sleep.
  2. Increased sensitivity to noise.
  3. Nervous physical activity, like scratching.
  4. Irritability, dizziness, or confusion.
  5. Extreme anorexia.
  6. Tremors or even convulsions.
  7. Increase heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of stroke.
  8. Presence of inhaling paraphernalia, such as razor blades, mirrors, and straws.
  9. Presence of injecting paraphernalia, such as syringes, heated spoons, or surgical tubing.
Q & A

What can I do to help someone who is using meth?
Encourage that person to stop or seek professional help. For information and referrals, call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 1-800-729-6686.

Isn't methamphetamine less harmful than crack, cocaine, or heroin?
Some users get hooked the first time they snort, smoke, or inject meth. Because it can be made from lethal ingredients like battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, and antifreeze, there is a greater chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or serious brain damage with this drug than with other drugs.

Isn't using methamphetamine like using diet pills?
No. Though it is easily attainable, methamphetamine is dangerous and addictive. Between 1993 and 1995, deaths due to meth rose 125 percent. Between 1996 and 1997, meth-related emergency room visits doubled. Use by 12- to 17-year-olds has increased dramatically in the past few years.