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What should you know about crystal meth?

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Crystal meth is the common name for crystal methamphetamine, a strong and highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. There is no legal use for it. It comes in clear crystal chunks or shiny blue-white rocks. Also called “ice” or “glass,” it's a popular party drug. Usually, users smoke crystal meth with a small glass pipe, but they may also swallow it, snort it, or inject it into a vein. People say they have a quick rush of euphoria shortly after using it. But it's dangerous. It can damage your body and cause severe psychological problems.

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction,” “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine,” “Methamphetamine,” “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.”

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Crystal Meth.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine.”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine.”

News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Meth Project: “How to Spot a User,” “Find Help.”

NIDA for Teens: “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (Meth).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 26, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction,” “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine,” “Methamphetamine,” “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.”

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Crystal Meth.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine.”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine.”

News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Meth Project: “How to Spot a User,” “Find Help.”

NIDA for Teens: “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (Meth).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 26, 2017

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