METH--NOT EVEN ONCE

Blaine County has long battled the common drugs of choice for adolescence: alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine.  And while the fight against these drugs still goes on, they have become a gateway to Methamphetamine (Meth).

When it comes to illegal drugs, some are worse than others.  No drug has a more devastating impact than Methamphetamine.  It has spread across our country at an alarming speed, destroying families, damaging the environment, increasing crime and filling our jails and prisons.  While the number of Mom and Pop type Meth Labs has been decreasing in recent years, the use of Methamphetamine is actually increasing as Super Labs have begun to produce and smuggle vast quantities of Meth across our borders. One of the biggest dangers of Meth is how quickly people can become addicted to it.  Methamphetamine is the most widely abused and most frequently clandestinely produced synthetic drug in the United States according to the DEA.  
 
WHAT IT IS--

Meth is a highly addictive, synthetically produced central nervous system stimulant with effects similar to cocaine.  It has a high potential for abuse and addiction and produces euphoric effects that can last up to 24 hours.  Meth comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally.  Meth has many slang or street names including crystal/crystal Meth, crank, speed, glass, red rock, and ice.  Whatever its called, none of the names do justice to what it really does to peoples minds, bodies and spirits.

 
WHAT IT DOES--
Meth produces euphoric effects by increasing dopamine levels in the brain.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and activated through natural rewards, such as food, and by substances such as Cocaine and Meth.  Both of these drugs cause increases in dopamine, but Meth use results in brain damage not seen from Cocaine or other drug use.  Chemically the brain is not designed to handle the dopamine response that Meth creates.  Meth is so powerful that it actually changes the way the brain works and creates in the user the inability to experience normal pleasure.  Meth users have to continue to do more Meth to feel any pleasure at all.  


The euphoric "rush" is followed by 8-12 hours of high-energy behavior, during which a Meth user does not eat or sleep.  The pleasurable effects disappear quickly but the wired feeling lasts for hours.  Users often end up getting into a binge and crash cycle lasting for days or even weeks. 

While on Meth, a users behavior is strange and unpredictable.  Their moods shift suddenly and dramatically.  Many users perform meaningless behaviors repeatedly without being able to stop.  They might take apart their stereo and put it back together, play cards for hours on end, or pick at their skin until it bleeds.  They become dangerous to those around them, threatening, assaulting, and even killing people who make them nervous.

 

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE--

Meth can be produced using many different methods making its appearance vary dramatically.  It can be a powder, crystalline, tablet or rock-like chunks that are white, tan, yellow, pink, gray, brown or red. 

 
WHAT'S IN IT--INGREDIENTS
Would you drink drain cleaner, engine starter fluid, hydrogen peroxide or battery acid?  Of course not.  But Meth users are putting most or all of these chemicals in their bodies.  The ingredients in Meth are a hazardous combination of poisonous and flammable chemicals which are

heated or cooked.  The fumes, vapors, and spillage associated with cooking Meth are toxic, explosive, and hazardous to children, adults and the environment.  Take a moment to look at the frightening list of common ingredients.

         Pseudoephedrine or Ephedrine (over-the-counter cold, asthma, and allergy medicines like Sudafed, Actifed, etc.)

         Toluene (brake cleaner)

         Ether (engine starter)

         Sulfuric Acid (drain cleaner)

         Red Phosphorus (matches/road flares)

         Sodium Hydroxide (lye)

         Lithium (battery acid)

         Liquid Propane (lantern fuel)

         Trichloroethane (gun scrubber)

         Methanol/Alcohol (gasoline additives)

         Muriatic Acid

         Anhydrous Ammonia (farm fertilizer)

         Acetone

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR--PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

  Weight Loss / Loss of Appetite

  Abnormal Sweating

  Shortness of Breath

  Nasal Problems or Nosebleeds

  Sores That Do Not Heal

  Dilated Pupils

  Run down Appearance or Frequent Illnesses

  Decline in Personal Hygiene very bad breath, rotting teeth, severe body odor

  Unhealthy Complexion

  Welts on skin Meth Acne

  Picking and Scratching at the Skin

  Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue or Tiredness

  Convulsions

 

 
BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMS
  Withdrawal From Family and Friends

  Poor Academic Performance or Attendance

  Disinterest in Previously Enjoyed Activities

  Increased Activity

  Long Periods of Sleeplessness (24-120 hrs); Followed by Long Periods of Sleep (24-48 hrs)

  Irritability

  Twitching, Shaking or Itching

  Decreased Appetite

  Erratic Attention Span

  Repetitious Behavior such as picking at skin, pulling out hair, compulsively cleaning, grooming, or disassembling and assembling objects

  Aggressive or Violent Behavior

  Deceit or Secretiveness

 
MENTAL SYMPTOMS

  Paranoia / Anxiety

  Nervousness / Agitation

  Extreme Moodiness

  Severe Depression

  Excessive Excitation

  Hallucinations

  Delusions of Parasite/Insects Under the Skin

  Schizophrenia/psychosis

 
  
LONG TERM EFFECTS
  Addiction

  Rotting Teeth

  High Blood Pressure

  Skin Ulcers

  Chronic Fatigue

  Extreme Anorexia

  Seizures

  Brain Damage / Strokes

  Cardiac Arrest

  Death

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO--

         Learn as much as you can about Meth and other drugs and their impact on families and our community so you can take action. 

         Become involved Join the Blaine County Drug Coalition -  (208) 578-5465

        Support law enforcement and community efforts to prevent and police drug use

         Report Suspicious Behavior

         Pay attention to what is happening in your childs life, Blaine Co. Schools and your neighborhood work to prevent drug use

         Be a positive role model to youth in our community

         Support disapproval of drug use

         Talk to your kids about drugs

 

 

 
 

 

Blaine County Sheriffs Office

1650 Aviation Drive

Hailey, Idaho 83333

Phone: 208-788-5555

Fax: 208-788-3592

E-mail: sheriff@blainecounty.org