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Methamphetamine FAQs

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What are the street names for methamphetamine?
What are precursor substances?
Are there any legitimate uses for methamphetamine?
What happens immediately after a person takes methamphetamine?
What is the overall effect of the drug?
Where can I find the text of Assembly Bill No.1078, which enacts the Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Cleanup Act of 2005?

What are the street names for methamphetamine?


Many names are used for this drug including meth, speed, crank, chalk, go-fast, zip, and cristy. Pure methamphetamine hydrochloride, the drug form that can be smoked, is called "L.A." . It is also called  ice, crystal, 64 glass, or quartz due to its clear, chunky crystals resembling frozen water. 

Since the 1980s, ice has been smuggled from Taiwan and South Korea into Hawaii, where its use became widespread by 1988. Two years later, the distribution of ice had spread to the mainland in the U.S.

What are precursor substances?


Precursors are substances that may be inactive in nature but when combined with another chemical result in a new product. Methamphetamine starts with an inactive or marginally-inactive compound (ephedrine or pseudoephedrine) to which other chemicals are added to produce the drug.

Are there any legitimate uses for methamphetamine?


In some cases, doctors prescribe low doses of methamphetamine to patients with narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder.

What happens immediately after a person takes methamphetamine?


The drug alters the user's mood in different ways, depending on how it is taken. Immediately after smoking or intravenous injection, the user experiences an intense "rush" or "flash" that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Smoking or injecting produces an effect within five to ten seconds.  Snorting or ingesting orally produces euphoria - a high but not an intense rush.  Snorting produces effects within three to five minutes, and ingesting orally produces effects within 15 to 20 minutes.

What is the overall effect of the drug?


In all of its different forms, the drug stimulates the central nervous system, with effects lasting anywhere from four to 24 hours. The use of  methamphetamine can not only modify behavior in an acute state, but after taking it for a long time, the drug literally changes the brain in fundamental and long-lasting ways. It kills by causing heart failure (myocardial infarction), brain damage, and stroke. Methamphetamine induces extreme, acute psychiatric and psychological symptoms that may lead to suicide or murder.

Where can I find the text of Assembly Bill No.1078, which enacts the Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Cleanup Act of 2005?


Click here for a copy of Assembly Bill No. 1078.