Slang—Speed, Meth, Crank, Crystal, Tweak,
Ice, Glass, Gas
Get the Facts…
affects your brain. In the
short term, meth causes mind and mood changes such as anxiety,
euphoria, and depression. Long-term effects can include chronic
fatigue, paranoid or delusional thinking, and permanent psychological
Methamphetamine affects your body. Over “amping” on
any type of speed is pretty risky. Creating a false sense of energy,
these drugs push the body faster and further than it’s meant
to go. It increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of
Methamphetamine affects your self-control. Meth
is a powerfully addictive drug that can cause aggression and violent
or psychotic behavior.
Methamphetamine is not what it seems. Even
speed drugs are not always safe. Giga-jolts of the well-known stimulants
caffeine or ephedrine can cause stroke or cardiac arrest when overused
or used by people with sensitivity to them.
Methamphetamine can kill you. An overdose of
meth can result in heart failure. Long-term physical effects such
as liver, kidney, and lung damage may also kill you.
Before You Risk It…
Know the law. Methamphetamine is illegal in
all states and highly dangerous.
Get the facts. The ignitable, corrosive, and
toxic nature of the chemicals used to produce meth can cause fires,
produce toxic vapors, and damage the environment.
Stay informed. In 2001, methamphetamine use sent
more people to the emergency room than use of any other club drug.
Over half of these cases involved meth in combination with another
drug, such as alcohol, heroin, or cocaine.
Know the risks. There are a lot of risks
associated with using methamphetamine, including:
- Meth can cause a severe “crash” after the effects
- Meth use can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels
in the brain.
- Meth users who inject the drug and share needles are at
risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.
Know the Signs…
How can you tell if a friend is using meth? It
may not be easy to tell but there are signs you can look for.
Symptoms of methamphetamine use may include:
- Inability to sleep
- Increased sensitivity to noise
- Nervous physical activity, like scratching – possible
- Irritability, dizziness, or confusion
- Pale face
- Extreme anorexia
- Tremors or even convulsions
- Increased heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of stroke
- Presence of inhaling paraphernalia, such as razor blades,
mirrors, and straws
- Presence of injecting paraphernalia, such as syringes, heated
spoons, or surgical tubing.
The Sampson County Methamphetamine Task Force encourages
your support and participation in reducing the tragedies of “meth
12 CLUES FOR RECOGNIZING METH LABS
- The mixing of unusual chemicals in a house, garage or barn
by persons not involved in the chemical industry.
- Possession of unusual materials such as large amounts of
over-the-counter allergy/cold/diet medications (containing
ephedrine or pseudoephedrine), or large quantities of solvents
such as Acetone, Coleman Fuel, Toluene, etc.
- The possession of chemical glassware by someone not involved
in the chemical field.
- Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought
into the home.
- Late night secretive activity in a rural/farm area. Lots
of traffic: People coming and going at unusual times. There
may be little traffic during the day, but at night, the activity
- Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone
or other chemicals).
- Residences with operating fans in windows in cold weather.
- Residences with windows blacked out.
- Renters who pay their landlord in cash. (Most drug dealers
trade exclusively in cash.)
- Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as:
Antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained
coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
- Chemical odors coming from sheds, outbuildings, other structures,
fields, orchards, campsites, or especially vehicles (older
model cars and pickup trucks, vans and rental/moving vans)
etc. Items are usually kept covered up in vehicles.
- Boxes or
drums with corrosive, flammable, poison, or other “safety” placards.
FOLLOWING ITEMS MAY BE FOUND AT A METH LAB SCENE
Crystals (Sodium hydroxide)
Iodine (crystals, tincture of iodine,
metal (from lithium batteries)
Lye (Red Devil Lye, sodium
Red Phosphorous (from matchbook strikers,
Rock Salt (table salt)
or Coffee Grinders, (often with white powder residue)
Coffee Filters with white, red,
purple, brown or black residues
Gas generators (bottles or jars
with attached hoses)
Jars with “separated
or layer” liquids
Pyrex Dishes (drying)
Tubing (rubber, plastic,
Pseudoephedrine HCL Tablets
OTHER ITEMS FOUND
of Matches with the Striker Plates Removed
and Packaging from Cold Tablets
Left-over Chemicals and
Discarded Chemical Bottles/Cans
“Burn Piles” – Piles
of Burned Trash Containing the Above
Alcohol (denatured ethanol)
Camp Stove Fuel/Coleman Fuel
Ether (engine starter)
Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing)
Methanol (wood alcohol)
Starting Fluid (Ether)