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Methamphetamine Health Project

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Paul Akouris

on 6 April 2014

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Transcript of Methamphetamine Health Project

Methamphetamine
(Crystal Meth)

What is
Methamphetamine
?
Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system. This drug is also known as:
Crank
Crystal, Crystal Glass, Crystal Meth
Christina, Tina, Cris, Cristy
Chalk, Chalk Dust
Meth
Ice
Speed
Geep, Getter, Getgo, Go Fast
Trash, Garbage, Wash
White Cross, White Crunch
and many more.
What can

Methamphetamine
do to you?
When methamphetamine is taken, it produces an intensely pleasurable feeling, known as a "rush" by releasing high levels of dopamine into the brain.

Short-Term Affects:
Methamphetamine taken
in big or small amounts
can cause:
Increased wakefulness
Increased physical activity
Decreased appetite
Increased breathing
Hypothermia
Increased heart rate and blood pressure
Irregular heart beat
Long Term Affects:
Methamphetamine taken
for long periods of time can cause:
Irritability
Prolonged insomnia (poor sleep)
Confusion
Anxiety
Tremors (trembling)
Convulsions
(a sudden movement of a limb or the body)
Paranoia (exaggerated distrust)
Aggressiveness
How much does
Methamphetamine
cost?
Methamphetamine costs (street cost) about:
$25.00 per quarter-gram
$45.00 per half-gram
$90.00 per gram
(Prices may very depending on where you live)
This is a picture of Crystal Meth (A form of Methamphetamine):
Where does Methamphetamine come from?
How is
Methamphetamine
Taken?
There are 6 different methods of taking Methamphetamine.

Swallowing: Methamphetamine can be mixed with a drinking substance and consumed. Methamphetamine can also be “Parachuted” (put in a piece of toilet paper and swallowed). It can also be put in gel caps and swallowed. Effects from swallowing can take 20-30 minutes.
Shooting Up: Methamphetamine is directly injected into veins using a syringe; commonly known as the "works" (7-10 seconds to feel effect).
Smoking: Drug enters blood stream through the lungs using a pipe (15-30 seconds to feel effect).
Snorting (Bumping): Snorting is a sudden sound made by the forcing of breath by inhaling through the nose (3-5 minutes to feel effects). This is the most common method of use.
Booty Bump: A syringe without a needle is used to pump a liquid solution of methamphetamine into the rectum (10-15 seconds to feel effect).
Hot Rail: A glass stem is heated until the tip is red hot, then placed over a bump (small pile of methamphetamine) and the vapor created is inhaled through the nose (7-10 seconds to feel effect).
The ingredients needed are:
ephedrine (or pseudoephedrine)
iodine
ether
sodium hydroxide
red phosphorus
hydrochloric acid
The tools needed are:
plastic jars with lids
coffee filters
an eyedropper
a funnel
pot
1. You take a substance, such as Sudafed, that contains ephedrine as its active ingredient. Then you crush it (with any hard object) into a powder. Then dissolve the powder into ether (liquid solvent). Then take the coffee filter to separate the liquid from a white, sludgy material which is thrown away. Then you evaporate the liquid in a pot. What remains is a pure form of ephedrine.

2. This pure form of ephedrine will then be cooked for several hours with red phosphorus, iodine, and hydrochloric acid added. After the mixture cools down, it is once again filtered and sodium hydroxide is added to form a base. Ether is used again as a solvent. After evaporating the ether once again, methamphetamine is left.
Here are some rehabilitation centers that can help you recover from Methamphetamine abuse.
CAMH
(Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health)

"CAMH's Addiction Program offers specialized treatment options to meet the unique needs of all CAMH clients with drug, alcohol, gambling or other addiction issues.".

(This is the top center for Addiction and Mental health in Toronto)

To get help call 416-535-8501,

or got to www.camh.ca
Narconon International

Narconon provides effective drug rehabilitation programs for those already in the grip of addiction.

"At Narconon, we're dedicated to helping people who are dependent on or addicted to drugs to get through a successful drug rehabilitation program that will change their lives and the lives of their families."

To get help call 800-775-8750

or go to www.narconon.org/drug-rehab/meth-rehab.html
Where can you go t0 get help
with your addiction to Methamhetamine?
There are many signs and symptoms that someone is in need of Methamphetamine rehabilitation. These include:
Sweating
Decrease in appetite
Cycles of euphoria (intense excitment) and depression
Insomnia (inability to sleep)
Anger
Paranoia
Aggressive behavior
Skin abscesses
Decaying of the mouth and gums
What are the Ramifications of someone that is using Methamphetamine?
Behavior
Legality
Social Life
Health
Methamphetamine is not a legal drug. It is also not approved for medical use in Canada. As of 2005, methamphetamine has been moved to Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The maximum penalty for production and distribution of methamphetamine can range from 10 years to life in prison.
Methamphetemine has major effcects to your health and can go as far as death. A major percentage of methaphetamine users are girls because it helps them lose weight fast. Methamphetamine causes more damage to the brain than cocaine, heroine and alchohol. It can also cause:
Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
Liver, kidney and lung damage
Destruction of tissues in nose (if sniffed)
Respiratory (breathing) problems (if smoked)
Infectious diseases and abscesses (a swollen area within body tissue) (if injected)
Malnutrition or weight loss
Severe tooth decay
Disorientation, apathy (lack of interest, concern), confused exhaustion
Strong psychological dependence
Psychosis (a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality)
Depression
Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy (sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions)
Methamphetamine users exhibit many negative behavioral traits. These include:
Hallucinations
Aggression
Paranoia
Anxiety
Confusion
Mood swings
Depression
Insomnia (inability to sleep)
Psychotic behavior
Adolecents:
The use of Methamphetamine can have a major social effect on family and community. In adolescence, communication with family members and society as a whole is difficult enough. Meth use makes it even more difficult for adolecents to effectively accomplish the developmental tasks of the adolescent phase of life (this includes education, keeping relationships, effective problem solving etc.).
Adult:
Symptoms of methamphetamine addiction such as irritability, false sense of power and confidence, aggression, confusion, anxiety and depression can draw an adult away from important things like work and communication between his or her family. It can lead to social isolation, lack of functioning skills, financial hardship and legal issues such as life of crime and
imprisonment.
What are some signs someone is in need of Methamphetamine rehabilitation?
Where is Methamphetamine made?
Some Methamphetamine is made in the United States but the majority is made in laboratories all over Mexico.
Thanks for Watching!
And always remember
" Drugs are for people who
cant handle reality"
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