Methamphetamine (Meth, Crystal Meth)

Street Terms: Speed, meth, crystal meth, chalk, ice, crystal, chalk, crank, tweak, uppers, black beauties, glass, biker’s coffee, methlies, quick, poor man’s cocaine, chicken feed, shabu, crystal meth, stove top, trash, co-fast, yaba, yellow bam

Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive synthetic chemical that acts as a stimulant. It is snorted, injected, smoked, or swallowed. Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic superlabs, although it can also be made in small, illegal laboratories, where its production endangers the people in the labs, their neighbors, and the environment.

Creating a sense of energy, meth can push the body faster and further than it’s safe to go. It increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and the risk of stroke.

Crystal Meth

Street terms:  Crank, Cristy, Crystal, Crystal Glass, Hot Ice, Ice, L.A. Glass, L.A. Ice, Meth

The chemical n-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine is called methamphetamine, methylamphetamine, or desoxyephedrine. The shortened name is simply ‘meth’. When it is in its crystalline form, the drug is called crystal meth, ice, Tina, or glass. See the table below for other street names of the drug. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant.

People take meth because of the long-lasting high that it gives. Methamphetamine causes numerous neurotransmitters to be released in the brain, producing a sense of euphoria that may last as long as 12 hours, depending on how the drug was taken.

Effects of Overdose

  • Brain damage
  • Sensation of flesh crawling (formication)
  • Paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, tension headache
  • Muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) which can lead to kidney damage or failure
  • Death due to stroke, cardiac arrest or elevated body temperature (hyperthermia)