Preventing Underage Marijuana Use

Preventing Meth Use

Methamphetamine use is a serious problem across the nation, as well as locally. Deaths associated with Meth use are climbing at an alarming rate. Overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017 in the United States. ( 

What is Methamphetamine (Meth)?

Meth is an illegal stimulant that is extremely addictive and dangerous. 

Slang/Street Names: 

Methamphetamine has many names. Below are a few you may or may not have heard of. 

Meth - Speed - Crystal - Ice - Crank - Quartz - Rocket Fuel

What does Meth look like?

Meth can come in a variety of ways. 

- White, odorless powder

- Clear, chunky crystal

- Compressed pill

- Yellow, pink, orange, or brown rock

Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed. 

How does Meth affect your brain and body?

Meth causes your brain to release dopamine which produces a feeling of pleasure. Using meth causes changes in your brain circuits that control your ability to make decisions, reward, stress, and limits your impulse control. These changes make it incredibly difficult to stop using meth even when it is negatively impacting your brain, body, and life. 

Short term health affects: 

Meth use can cause increased heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, risk of stroke, decreased appetite, and irregular heartbeat. 

Long term health affects: 

Meth use can cause weight loss, violent behavior, hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, severe dental issues, and skin sores due to intense itching and scratching.


Other health concerns: 

- Using Meth can lead to an overdose.

- High does of meth can cause dangerous overheating to your body which could result in multiple organ problems, stroke, heart attack, and death. 

- Risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis due to sharing needles

- Heart and brain problems

- Pregnancy and pregnancy related issues such as premature delivery, low birth weight, and miscarriage 

- When Meth is combined with alcohol, it is able to hide the depressant effect of alcohol therefore increasing risk of alcohol poisoning, driving intoxicated, etc..

- Withdrawal from meth can cause anxiety, depression, and lethargy/tiredness

- The ingredients used to produce meth are toxic, corrosive, and ignitable. Some of the ingredients used to create meth are also used in batteries, nail polish remover, paint thinner, and drain cleaner. 

Know the signs

It is important to know the signs of meth use. Be on the look out for: 

- Inability to sleep or unusual sleep patterns

- Aggressive behavior or mood swings

- Unusual behavior such as irritability, confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations

- New nervous obsessive behaviors such as scratching or fidgeting

- Physical changes in the body such as deteriorating skin and/or teeth, sores, and extreme weight loss

- Presence of paraphernalia such as burnt spoons, surgical tubing, syringes


Treatment options

There are currently no FDA approved medications to treat Meth addiction, however behavioral therapy could help someone stop using Meth and recover. Some of the behavioral therapy methods used include cognitive-behavioral therapy, 12-step facilitation therapy, and the Matrix Model. 

What can you do?

If you have a friend or family member who is using meth, encourage them to stop and seek help. 

For free and confidential information and treatment referrals (available in English and Spanish) call SAMHSA's National Helpline at: 

1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

or visit the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator at 

To find a local treatment facility, visit