Crystal Meth

Street names:


“speed,” “meth” or “chalk.” In its smoked form, it can be referred to as “ice,” “crystal,” “crank,” and “glass.” 

What is crystal meth?

Crystal Meth is one of the street names used for methamphetamine.  Methamphetamine belongs to a family of drugs called amphetamines-- powerful stimulants that speed up the central nervous system.  The drug can be made easily with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients, and because the chemicals and process is different from lab to lab, the ingredients, purity and effect of crystal meth varies. 


    •    Severe withdrawal symptoms, including stomach pain, hunger, headaches, shortness of breath, tiredness and depression
    •    Seizures
    •    High body temperature
    •    Irregular heartbeat
    •    Heart attack
    •    Stroke
    •    Amphetamine psychosis: hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and bizarre and violent behaviour
    •    Acne, bad teeth, body odor
    •    Sores on face, lips and tongue
    •    Major personality changes
    •    Erratic, bizarre, violent behaviour
    •    Sleeplessness
    •    Trouble with the law
    •    Health risks (stroke, heart failure and brain damage)
    •    Death

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