Q: What is methamphetamine? A: Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant. It is a controlled substance that is manufactured in clandestine laboratories throughout the United States. It is easy to make using common household chemicals.
Q: How Is Methamphetamine taken? A: Methamphetamine can be ingested by swallowing, inhaling, injecting or smoking. Methamphetamine is highly addictive. The side effects, which arise from the use and abuse of methamphetamine, include irritability, nervousness, insomnia, nausea, depression, and brain damage.
Q: What are some street names for methamphetamine? A: Speed, Meth, Ice, Crystal, Chalk, Crank, Tweak, Uppers, Black Beauties, Glass, Bikers Coffee, Methlies Quick, Poor Man's Cocaine, Chicken Feed, Shabu, Crystal Meth, Stove Top, Trash, Go-Fast, Yaba, and Yellow Bam
Q: How much does methamphetamine cost? A: Prices vary throughout the United States. On the distribution level, it can range from $3,500 per pound in parts of California and Texas to $21,000 per pound in the southeastern and northeastern regions of the country. The retail price for methamphetamine ranges from $400 to $3,000 per ounce. One methamphetamine addict told authorities her habit started at $10-$25 a day and grew to $250 a day.
Q: How many Americans use methamphetamine? A: According to the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 11.7 million Americans--ages 12 and older--reported trying methamphetamine at least once. This represents 4.9% of the population ages 12 and older. Of the students surveyed in the 2005 Monitoring the Future study, the following reported trying methamphetamine: 3.1% of eighth graders, 4.1% of tenth graders, and 4.5% of twelfth graders.
Q: What are the side effects of methamphetamine? A: The initial side effects of methamphetamine are pleasurable. But the drug can cause mental confusion, severe anxiety, and paranoia. Methamphetamine users are aggressive and paranoid, and can become violent. There is a direct relationship between methamphetamine abuse and increased incidents of domestic violence and child abuse.
Q: Are there any legal uses for methamphetamine? A: Methamphetamine has limited medical uses for the treatment of narcolepsy, attention deficit disorders, and obesity.
Q: What are the dangers of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories? A: The production of methamphetamine requires the use of hazardous chemicals. Many of these chemicals are corrosive or flammable. The vapors that are created in the chemical reaction attack mucous membranes, skin, eyes and the respiratory tract. Some chemicals react dangerously with water and some can cause fire or explosion.