Am I a crystal meth addict?

Have you tried to stop or reduce your crystal use and failed? Is crystal making you feel depressed or hopeless? Are you using more crystal: greater amounts or more often? Are you missing work, social commitments, and family obligations due to your crystal use? Are you spending more money on crystal than you would like? […]

What is meth’s impact on a community and families?

On families the impact can be devastating. Local officials are finding that meth brings increased cases of child endangerment, abuse and neglect. When parents crash after days of speeding on meth, their children are left to fend for themselves, sometimes for days. Parents under the influence of meth may also sexually or physically abuse their […]

Who is using meth?

There are 1.4 million meth users in America, and the number is rising. Although meth has generally been associated with white, male, blue-collar workers in rural areas of the western United States, with meth’s spread to the East Coast there’s now more diversity among users. The National Association of Counties reports that users are both […]

How is meth classified by the DEA and what are the sentences applied for meth possession or meth-related crimes?

The DEA classifies methamphetamine as a Schedule II controlled substance, the second-highest classification that also includes cocaine and morphine. According to the Controlled Substances Act, Schedule II narcotics are described as having a high potential for abuse, leading to severe psychological or physical dependence while having an appropriate medical use in certain situations. The federal […]

How does meth differ from other stimulants such as cocaine?

Although both cocaine and methamphetamine are psychostimulants that trigger the release of dopamine, the drugs are quite different. For one thing, methamphetamine produces a stronger and longer-lasting high than the high produced by cocaine. Animal studies conducted at UCLA show that cocaine releases 350 units of dopamine, while methamphetamine releases almost four times as much […]

How does one recover from meth addiction?

Experts once thought cases of meth addiction were hopeless — a high percentage would always relapse — but today they know that recovery is possible, although it may take years of medication and behavior therapy. Because methamphetamine changes the brain’s wiring by destroying its dopamine receptors, users need almost a year to allow those receptors […]

What effects does meth have on the body?

Methamphetamine causes the body to release large amounts of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, resulting in a prolonged sense of pleasure or euphoria for the user; however, over time, this causes severe side effects. With repeated use, meth depletes the brain’s stores of dopamine and actually destroys the wiring of the dopamine receptors. This is a major […]

How is meth made?

Making methamphetamine is a multi-step cook process. The key ingredient is ephedrine or its cousin, pseudoephedrine. Both are chemicals found in over-the-counter cold, cough and allergy medicines. Additional chemicals are used to isolate the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, cook it into meth, and process it into a form for consumption. These chemicals can be cheap, everyday […]

What is meth?

Methamphetamine — its slang terms include ‘crystal,’ ‘crank,’ ‘glass,’ ‘ice,’ ‘speed’ and ‘Tina’ — is a powerful, addictive synthetic stimulant that causes the brain to release a surge of dopamine, creating a high that lasts from six to 24 hours. Like cocaine, meth comes in two forms: powder or rock. The powder form is usually […]