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Methamphetamine is a very addictive stimulant drug. It can be smoked, injected, inhaled or taken by mouth. It has many street names, such as speed, meth, and chalk. Methamphetamine hydrochloride, the crystal form inhaled by smoking, is referred to as ice, crystal, glass and tina.

Methamphetamine affects the brain and can create feelings of pleasure, increase energy and elevate mood. Abusers may become addicted quickly, needing higher doses more often. Adverse health effects include irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure and a variety of psychological problems. Long-term effects may include severe mental disorders, memory loss and severe dental problems.

NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (NIH-2010), Spanish

Meth (Crank, Ice) Facts – Easy-to-Read Drug Facts (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Defining Methamphetamine (MN Department of Health-2005)

Methamphetamine Use & Pulmonary Hypertension (Pulmonary Hypertension Association-2010)

Crystal Methamphetamine Fast Facts: Questions and Answers (National Drug Intelligence Center-2003)

Resources for Teenagers

Methamphetamine, PDF (NIDA for Teens-2013)

Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (NIDA for Teens-2013)

Tips for Teens-Methamphetamine (SAMHSA-2008)

Prevention Resources

A Four-Pillars Approach to Methamphetamine (Drug Policy Alliance-2008)
This report lays out the fundamentals of an effective national strategy for reducing the problems associated with both methamphetamine misuse and misguided U.S. methamphetamine policies. It presents policymakers with a diverse range of evidence-based policy proposals that seek to save lives, reduce wasteful government spending, and empower communities. The “four pillars” of an effective national methamphetamine strategy are prevention, treatment, policing and harm reduction.

Meth360 (The Partnership at Drugfree.org-2013)
Meth360® is a methamphetamine prevention program uniting law enforcement, treatment professionals and prevention professionals to deliver meth prevention education presentations to local communities.

Methpedia (U.S. Department of Justice-2011)
Designed to help prevent the use of methamphetamine by providing citizens, law enforcement, public health, youth, media and community organizers a tool that allows them “one-stop” shopping for the most relevant and timely information available.

Oklahoma Methamphetamine Prevention Toolkit (2008)
Provides the community advocates of Oklahoma the necessary knowledge and skills to develop and implement evidence-based meth prevention programs, policies, and practices.