also known as “speed,” “crank,” “crystal,”
or “ice” is a powerful central nervous system stimulant.
It can be snorted, smoked, injected or ingested by mouth. The color
and texture of meth can vary; most commonly it is usually white
or slightly yellow in a crystal-like powder or rock-like chunks.
ARE ITS EFFECTS?
is a central nervous system stimulant. Use results in increased
heart rate, increased blood pressure, elevated temperature and wakefulness.
These effects can last 8 – 24 hours.
DOES IT COME FROM?
years, methamphetamine was usually produced in small to medium quantities
in local clandestine laboratories. These "labs" were found
in homes, garages, storage units, apartments, and motel rooms. Thanks
to the efforts of law enforcement, along with new policy that restricts
ingredients, San Diego County today has very few meth labs. However,
now most of the local available methamphetamine is linked to the
sophisticated drug manufacturing and distribution operations of
international drug cartels. Recent seizures indicate the drug is
being made outside of San Diego County, often in Mexico or in remote
IS IT ADDICTIVE?
has been called a “double whammy” drug. When using methamphetamine,
the user feels energetic and powerful, but a “crash”
inevitably follows the “high”. In order to avoid or
counteract the crash, the user takes more meth. Tolerance develops
rapidly, often leading to addiction in a relatively short time.
is used in a variety of age groups, lifestyles and neighborhoods.
Meth’s reputation for increasing energy, alertness and sexuality
is a magnet for many types of people, including curious teens, college
students, truck drivers and shift workers, and older adults. Girls
and women are drawn to meth for these features and as a weight loss
look back at pictures now and see that I was covered with pimples.
“Speed bumps” my friends called them. My skin was gray.
I looked haggard. My hair was really thin. I hadn’t slept
in a really, really long time, maybe a week so I had big, black
bags underneath my eyes. Crystal can do a lot of damage in seven