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 Meth in Chickasaw County
What are Methamphetamines?
  • Strong central nervous system stimulant
  • Powerful interactive effect upon pleasure centers in the brain
  • Street names include crank, meth, speed, uppers, ice
What do they look like?
  • Pure methamphetamine is white, odorless, and bitter tasting
  • Street meth (impure) can appear as powder, lumps, chucks
  • Street meth can be brown, yellow, pinkish, reddish in color
What are the physical effects and risks?
  • Rapid weight loss due to decreased appetite
  • Increase heart rate and increased blood pressure
  • Shakes, twitching, dilated pupils
  • Seizures and strokes
  • Heart problems
  • Skin problems
  • Deterioration of the teeth
What are the psychological effects and risks?
  • Sense of power/well being
  • Very talkative
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Depression (suicidal thinking)
  • Hallucinations
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Aggressiveness
  • Delusions and psychosis
  • Memory problems
Why do young people become users and abusers?
  • Curiosity
  • Use of other substances
  • Peer pressure
  • Sense of invulnerability
 
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