Barbara Smith

Meth, Crank, Chalk, and Ice

0 Meth and other amphetamines are "uppers" or "stimulants"

0 Methamphetamines can be snorted, smoked, injected, or taken orally.

0 The drug creates feelings of intense euphoria

0 It must be dissolved in alcohol or water before injected

0 Affects Brain chemistry, specifically dopamine release

0 Causes "rush" or "flash" of pleasure

0 large part of pseudophedrine abuse

Is Meth legal?

0 Rarely, it is a Schedule II controlled substance and HIGHLY addictive.

0 Long term it can cause: anxiety, confusion, insomnia, hallucination, and violent behavior.

What are "crank bugs"

Many users hallucinate on meth, a common experience being the sensation of bugs crawling under their skin.

Before and After


Meth can seriously damage the skin and hair, causing you to age prematurely and develop open sores, not exactly prom ready.


Beside the risks to your outward appearance, meth can cause a lot of damage internally.

Symptoms of overdose include: fever, convulsions, and coma.

Death often results from blood vessels bursting in the brain, or heart failure

Meth use also greatly increases the chance of contracting HIV and eventually AIDS

Studies show that the damaging effect of HIV on our neurons is greater in those who also use Meth


The risks greatly outweigh the transient high of meth, irreversible damage to your health internal and external will stay with you for the rest of your life.

I learned...

1. I learned that meth was very popular in the 60s and 70s but died out for a while, it has however made a come back in recent years

2.  I learned that illegal forms of the drug can have a strong ammonia smell, due to the strong (and dangerous) chemicals used in its production

3. One legal form of the drug is called "Desoxyn" it is only available through prescription

Works Cited

National Institute on Drug Abuse. Methamphetamine Retrieved from on April 20, 2015

"Crystal Meth Fast Facts." Consumer Health Complete. EBSCOhost, 1 June 2007. Web. 19 Apr. 2015. <

All Images. The Meth Project. Meth Project Foundation, 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2015. <>.

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