More than 12.3 million Americans age 12 and older
(approximately 5.2 percent of the population) have tried
methamphetamine, and 1.4 million used it in 2004.
– National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005
RECIPE FOR DISASTER
Would you drink drain cleaner, engine starter fluid,
hydrogen peroxide or battery acid? Of course not.
But meth users are putting most or all of these
chemicals in their bodies.
Making meth can be as dangerous as using it. The
ingredients are a hazardous combination of poisonous
and flammable chemicals which are heated on a
stove or hot plate. A slight miscalculation with ingredients
or cooking temperature, and meth becomes a deadly
Meth labs can be located just about anywhere –
inside homes, barns, garages, motel rooms, and
What does meth look like?
It can be a powder or rock-like chunks that are white,
yellow or even darker colors such as brown or red.
Some types of meth are clear, like glass or ice.
Meth can come in pill form, too, and is sometimes
mistaken for ecstasy, another illegal, synthetic drug.
How is meth used?
It can be smoked, snorted, eaten or injected into the
Is using meth dangerous?
One of the biggest dangers of meth is how quickly
people can become addicted to it. Many addicts say
they were hooked after using it for the first time.
When it comes to illegal drugs, some
are worse than others. However, no
drug has a more devastating impact
on the minds and bodies of those
who abuse it than methamphetamine.
But meth doesn’t stop there – it destroys
families, harms the environment, increases
crime and rips apart the fabric of a
community. And the production and abuse
of this exceptionally addictive drug has
spread like wildfire across Tennessee, first
in the state’s rural areas and now
increasingly into suburbs and cities.
The most effective way to fight this growing
problem is with facts. The facts about
meth speak for themselves. There is no