Methamphetamines are synthetic amphetamines or stimulants. They are produced and sold illegally in pill form, capsules, powder, and chunks.
Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant. It is a controlled substance that is manufactured in clandestine laboratories throughout the United States. It is easy to make using common household chemicals.
Methamphetamine can be ingested by swallowing, inhaling, injecting or smoking. Methamphetamine is highly addictive. Meth is sometimes laced in club drugs, like Ecstasy and also marijuana.
The chemical substance amphetamine has stimulant properties similar to the body’s naturally produced chemical, adrenaline. Methamphetamines stimulate the central nervous system and are extremely addictive. Crystal meth can cause severe withdrawal that is more intense and longer lasting than either meth or cocaine.
Methamphetamines may be known as crystal meth, crank, glass, speed, crystal, ice, batu, chalk, shabu, or zip.
Crank is a less pure form of methamphetamine and has become slang for any methamphetamine drug.
Methamphetamine is often manufactured by backyard chemists without regard for the user. The user cannot know exactly what they were taking because the ingredients differ from “batch to batch.” This inconsistency adds to methamphetamine risk.