About metham­phetamine

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

What is metham­phetamine? Metham­phetamine is a stim­u­lant of­ten used as a white, bit­ter-tast­ing pow­der or a pill. Crystal metham­phetamine is a form that looks like glass frag­ments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. It is chem­i­cally sim­i­lar to am­phet­a­mine (a drug used to treat at­ten­tion-deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der and nar­colepsy, a sleep dis­or­der).

Com­mon names

Com­mon street names for metham­phetamine in­clude chalk, crank, crystal, ice, meth and speed.

How do peo­ple use metham­phetamine?

Peo­ple can take metham­phetamine by:

■ In­hal­ing/smok­ing

■ Snort­ing

■ In­ject­ing the pow­der that has been dis­solved in water/al­co­hol

Be­cause the “high” from the drug both starts and fades quickly, peo­ple of­ten take re­peated doses in a “binge and crash” pat­tern. In some cases, peo­ple take metham­phetamine in a form of bing­ing known as a “run,” giv­ing up food and sleep while con­tin­u­ing to take the drug ev­ery few hours for up to sev­eral days.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.