Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive central nervous system stimulant.
It has a structure similar to dopamine (the brain's pleasure transmitter) and causes neurons to release large amounts of dopamine to produce a high.
This eventually leads to permanent brain damage as natural dopamine production sites are destroyed - forcing the user to become even more reliant on meth for pleasure.
Meth usage has more prolonged effects on the brain and central nervous system than even cocaine or amphetamine. Withdrawal from meth is also more intense, painful, and longer-lasting than withdrawal from these other drugs. Recovery from addiction is complicated by physical and mental illnesses, particularly severe - and often suicidal - depression.
Made from common household chemicals, methamphetamine is a synthetic (or man-made) drug. The manufacturing of meth occurs everywhere; meth labs have been found in homes, cars, hotels, and many other locations. These environments often expose children to the dangers of meth production, and they are volatile chemical atmospheres for everyone involved: neighbors, children, and even the meth producers ("cooks").
Methamphetamine addiction is a growing danger in the United States and across the globe. The only way to fight it is by education.
This section provides information on meth, its dangers, and treatment:
Signs of Meth
Describes various forms of methamphetamine and symptoms of its usage.
Dangers and Risks
Details the deadly impact of meth on the user's life, the environment, and the community.
Road to Treatment
Provides information on steps to recovery for someone addicted to meth.
Life After Meth
A compilation of real-life stories and experiences of meth users and how they and their families cope with their addiction.
A quick overview of the history of methamphetamine from 1887 to today.
This section has hundreds of video clips with experts, doctors, and even former meth users as they describe their experiences with meth and its dangers.
Finally, the link takes you to a section where you can learn more about our internationally-recognized "Meth Education Tool Kit" and how you can receive a copy.