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Methamphetamine is synthetic amphetamines or stimulants that are produced and sold illegally in pill form, capsules, powder and chunks. An amphetamine is a chemical that has stimulant properties similar to adrenaline. Like adrenaline, methamphetamine stimulates the central nervous system, and is extremely addictive.
Methamphetamine is manufactured in meth labs. A meth lab is a clandestine drug lab. It is a collection of materials and ingredients used to manufacture illegal drugs. Methamphetamine is made mostly from common household ingredients. When these ingredients are mixed and "cooked" together they make a dangerous drug and potentially harmful chemical mixtures that can remain on household surfaces for months or years after "cooking" is over. Meth labs have been discovered in hotel and motel rooms, restaurants, barns, private homes and apartments, storage facilities, fields, vacant buildings and (moving or stationary) vehicles. A minimum of 5 to 7 pounds of chemical waste are produced for each pound of methamphetamine manufactured.
Traditionally, the suppliers of methamphetamine throughout the United States have been outlaw motorcycle gangs and numerous other independent trafficking groups. Although these groups continue to produce and distribute methamphetamine, organized crime drug groups operating from Mexico currently dominate wholesale methamphetamine trafficking in the United States for several reasons: these organizations established access to wholesale ephedrine sources of supply on the international market; these organizations are producing unprecedented quantities of high-purity methamphetamine on a regular basis; and, they already control well-established cocaine, heroin, and marijuana distribution networks throughout the western United States, enabling them to supply methamphetamine to a large retail level market.
The high experienced by a methamphetamine user can be described as an increase in wakefulness and physical activity and a decrease appetite. A brief, intense sensation, or rush, is reported by those who smoke or inject methamphetamine. Oral ingestion or snorting produces a long-lasting high instead of a rush, which reportedly can continue for as long as half a day. Both the rush and the high are believed to result from the release of very high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine into areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure.
Methamphetamine can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems. These include rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and irreversible, stroke-producing damage to small blood vessels in the brain. Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) and convulsions occur with methamphetamine overdoses, and if not treated immediately, can result in death.
Chronic methamphetamine abuse can result in inflammation of the heart lining, and among users who inject the drug, damaged blood vessels and skin abscesses. Methamphetamine abusers also can have episodes of violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. Heavy users also show progressive social and occupational deterioration. Psychotic symptoms can sometimes persist for months or years after use has ceased.
Acute lead poisoning is another potential risk for methamphetamine abusers. A common method of illegal methamphetamine production uses lead acetate as a reagent. Production errors may therefore result in methamphetamine contaminated with lead. There have been documented cases of acute lead poisoning in intravenous methamphetamine abusers.
There are several ways of identifying a meth user. Listed below is a generalized list of symptoms of a meth user, keep in mind that just because a person is experiencing the symptoms listed below does not automatically mean that they are using meth.
increased heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration
flushed or tense appearance
a chemical odor on their breath
inability to sleep or eat
severe weight loss
scars and open sores
hallucinations (often times auditory)
Slang Terms for Meth
Slang terms for methamphetamine are always changing. New terminology is being created daily on the street. The slang names listed below are an overview of terminology used for methamphetamine throughout the country.
Slang terms and names for methamphetamine
All Tweakend Long
Anything Going On
Batak (Philippine Street Name)
Bato-(Philippine Steet Name)
Batu Kilat (Malaysia, it means shining rocks)
Batu or Batunas (Hawaii)
Billy, Or Whizz, (Britain - after a cartoon character in a kids comic called Billy Whizz who seemed to be always on the stuff!)
Blue Funk, (Southwest Area of SD Ca.)
Boorit-Cebuano (Filipino Street Name)
Boo-Yah! (Southwest Area of SD Ca.)
Chikin or Chicken
CR (California Central Valley)
Crank Is "Walk" & Coke Is "Talk."
Cri,Cri (Mexican Border in Southwest Arizona)
Debbie, Tina, And Crissy
D-Monic Or D
Fatch (Mexican Border In The Southwest Arizona Area)
Gear Or Get Geared Up
Gonzales (Like the cartoon "Speedy")
High Speed Chicken Feed
Homework (This is because homework is generally done on paper which had lines)
Horse Mumpy (Tampa, Florida)
Jenny Crank Program
Junk (San Diego)
Lost Weekend (Bay Area SF)
On A Good One
Philopon (East Asia)
Poor Man's Coccaine (Philippines)
Pump (Bay Area SF)
Redneck Heroin (Atlanta)
Rocky Mountain High
Scante (Hispanic Population in Southern California)
Shabs (San Francisco)
Shiznack, Shiznac, Sciznac or Shiznastica
Snow, Motivation (Colorado Springs, CO)
Spin, Spin, Spin
Spun Ducky Woo
Syabu (pronounced "shabu" - SE Asia)
Ta'doww (Southwest Area of SD Ca.)
The New Prozac
The White House
Tina Or Teena
Tish - Shit Backwards (C.V. Calif. area)
Tweek (A Methamphetamine-Like Substance)
We We We
White Pony (Ridin' the White Pony)
YAMA (Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui And Bangkok)
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