What is Meth? - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

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What is Meth?

Meth is a powerful central nervous system stimulant and one of a family of drugs known as amphetamines.

Powder meth in foil
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Powdered Meth
Ice Meth Bag

Meth is a synthetic (or man-made) drug that can be taken orally (swallowed), inhaled (snorted), smoked or injected.  The way meth is taken (route of administration) can influence the rate of addiction and disability caused by using the drug.  Smoking and injecting meth result in the largest amounts of drug being delivered most rapidly to the brain and central nervous system. 

Any way of using meth is extremely dangerous.

Meth may range in color from white to brown; pink to red or in various shades of yellow or green.  Meth can come in pill form, powder or chunks.  Common street names for meth include: "speed", "chalk", "ice", "crystal", "crank" and "glass."  Crystal meth resembles rock candy, or chunks of ice or crystal.  Meth is extremely addictive. Treatment and recovering may be complicated by physical and mental illness, including prolonged depression.

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Updated Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 07:13AM