Methamphetamine and Meth Labs
What is Meth?
Meth is a powerful central nervous system stimulant and one of a family of drugs known as amphetamines.
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. Seventy to eighty percent of the meth used illegally in Minnesota comes from other states. Twenty to thirty percent of the illegal meth in Minnesota is made in clandestine labs.
A large amount of the meth used illegally in Minnesota comes from other states and Mexico. A smaller amount of the illegal meth in Minnesota is made in small, toxic laboratories that are capable of producing only a few ounces at a time or clandestine labs.
Meth is extremely addictive. Treatment and recovery may be complicated by physical and mental illness, including prolonged depression.
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