Get the facts.
The ignitable, corrosive, and toxic nature of the chemicals used to produce meth can cause fires, produce toxic vapors, and damage the environment.
In 2001, methamphetamine use sent more people to the emergency room than use of any other club drug.
Over half of these cases involved meth in combination with another drug, such as alcohol, heroin, or cocaine.
Know the risks.
There are a lot of risks associated with using methamphetamine, including:
* Meth can cause a severe "crash" after the effects wear off.
* Meth can cause irreversible damage to the blood vessels in the brain.
* Meth users who inject the drug and share needles are at risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.
Know the signs...
How can you tell if a friend is using meth?
It may not be easy to tell. But there are signs you can look for. Symptoms of methamphetamine use may include:
* Inability to sleep.
* Increased sensitivity to noise.
* Nervous physical activity, like scratching.
* Irritability, dizziness, or confusion.
* Extreme anorexia.
* Tremors or even convulsions.
* Increased heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of stroke.
* Presence of inhaling paraphernalia, such as razor blades, mirrors, and straws.
* Presence of injecting paraphernalia, such as syringes, heated spoons, of surgical tubing.
Q. Isn't methamphetamine less harmful than crack, cocaine, or heroin?
A. Some users get hooked the first time they snort, smoke, or inject meth. Because it can be made from lethal ingredients like battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, and antifreeze, there is a greater chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or serious brain damage with this drug than with other drugs.
Q. Isn't using methamphetamine like using diet pills?
A. No. Though it is easily attainable, methamphetamine is dangerous and addictive. From 1998 to 1999 deaths due to meth rose 38 percent. in 2002, methamphetamine was involved 17,696 emercency room visits..
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Get the facts...
Methamphetamine affects your brain.
In the short term, meth causes mind and mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria, and depression. Long-term effects can include chronic fatigue, paranoid or delusional thinking, and permanent psychological damage.
Methamphetamine affects your body.
Over "amping" on any type of speed is pretty risky. Creating a false sense of energy, these drugs push the body faster and further than it's meant to go. It increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of stroke.
Methamphetamine affects your self-control.
Meth is a powerfully addictive drug that can cause aggression and violent or psychotic behavior.
Methamphetamine can kill you.
An overdose of meth can result in heart failure. Long-term physical effects such as liver, kidney, and lung damage may also kill you.
Before you risk it...
Know the law.
Methamphetamine is illegal in all states and highly dangerous.
The bottom line: If you know someone who uses club drugs, urge him or her to stop and get help. If you're using them-stop! The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your life. It's never too late.
Talk to your parents, a doctor, a counselor, a teacher or another adult you trust.
DO IT TODAY!