If you or someone you know is having problems with drugs, help is available at:
Alcohol and Drug 24-Hour Helpline
Crisis Clinic Resource Hotline
True North-Student Assistance Services
Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center
If you want to learn more about drug abuse or find information on particular drugs, the following links can be useful:
Drug dependence/abuse information by WebMD
Drug information and parenting advice
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s family guide to underage drinking
The Partnership at DrugFree.org has information for parents in English and in Spanish, along with a drug guide
What is meth?
Methamphetamine is an illegal, highly addictive drug. A powerful cousin of amphetamines, it is taken by swallowing in pill form, or by smoking, inhaling or injecting the powdered or crystalline form. It goes by many names, among them crank, speed, ice and crystal.
How does meth affect people who use it?
Depending on how is it taken, it initially produces feelings of confidence, alertness and energy. If injected or smoked, users also get a "rush" or intense pleasure that lasts a short time. Effects can last from four to six hours. When the drug wears off, the supply of brain chemicals producing these good feelings is depleted, and users experience a period of feeling "low." Over time, the good feelings become less; the user has difficulty feeling good or experiencing pleasure even while using the drug.
What effects does meth have on the body?
Because meth is a powerful stimulant, effects include:
Learning and memory problems
Decreased appetite and anorexia
Increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature
Tremors or convulsions
Lung, kidney and liver damage
Irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain, which can produce stroke
Increased risk of getting or transmitting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and other diseases for users who inject, share needles or have unprotected sex
What signs might indicate that someone is using meth?
Among the symptoms you could notice are:
Loss of concentration
Life or Meth, a resource geared toward 5th- and 6th-graders but that has good information for all ages.
The Thurston County Meth Action Team’s resource page on "The Meth Monster"
You can also check out the Meth Action Team’s "Meth Monster" brochure.
DXM (cough syrup)