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The most common form of meth now found on the street is crystalline powder, which is white, brownish-white or reddish-white in color and is soluble in both water and alcohol. This powder is melted down for hypodermic injection or snorted like cocaine. It also can be ingested orally. Another type of meth use is smoking "ice", which is a recrystallized form of meth.

A "crank" bulb, used to smoke methamphetamine.

Short-term Effects

  • Increased alertness
  • Sense of well-being
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Increased heart rate
  • Convulsions
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Uncontrollable movements
  • Violent behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Acne, sores
  • Numbness

Long-term Effects

  • Fatal lung and kidney disorders
  • Possible brain damage
  • Depressions
  • Hallucinations
  • Permanent psychological problems
  • Violent and aggressive behavior
  • Behavior resembling paranoid schizophrenia
  • Malnutrition
  • Lowered resistance to illness
  • Liver damage
  • Stroke
  • Death

Typical Meth Lab

A. Finished product
B. Suspended medium
C. Lithium battery
D. Propane tank
E. Hot plate
F. Funnel

Common Methamphetamine Precursors

Rock salt
Common cold pills (pseudophedrine, ephedrine)
Mason jars
Lithium batteries (camera batteries)
Lacquer Thinner
Rubbing alcohol
Coffe filters
Paint Thinner
Ether (starter fluid cans)
Drain Cleaner ("Liquid Fire")
Lye ("Red Devil")
Denatured Alcohol
Antifreeze ("Heet")
Carburetor Cleaner
Mineral Spirits
Rubber gloves
Mixing bowls and spoons



Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant. Marijuana can be smoked in the form of a cigarette (joint) or cigar (blunt) and in a pipe or bong. Marijuana can also be orally ingested (eaten).  Marijuana is also called weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, Mary Jane, and chronic.

Cannabis Leaf

Effects of Marijuana

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Impaired or reduced comprehension
  • Altered sense of time
  • Paranoia
  • Intense anxiety or panic attacks
  • Altered cognition, making acquistion of new information difficult
  • Reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car
  • Impairments in learning, memory, perception and judgment - difficulty speaking, listening effectively, thinking, retaining knowledge, problem solving and forming concepts

A metal pipe used to smoke marijuana

Dugout, used to store a small amount of marijuana
The metal pipe is used to smoke the marijuana

Another picture of a dugout

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Inhalant abuse is the deliberate inhaling or sniffing of common products found in homes and schools to obtain a "high".
Some inhalants include:
  • Model airplane glue
  • Rubber cement
  • Household glue
  • Spray paint
  • Hairspray
  • Air freshner
  • Nail polish remover
  • Correction fluid
  • Toxic markers
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Spot remover
  • Degreaser
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Dessert topping spray (whipped cream)
  • Whippets
  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Helium
  • Nitrous oxide

Symptoms of an Inhalant Abuser
  • Unusual breath odor or chemical odor on clothing
  • Slurred or disoriented speech
  • Drunk, dazed or dizzy appearance
  • Showing paint or stain marks on the face, fingers and clothing
  • Red or runny eyes or nose
  • Spots and/or sores around the mouth
  • Nausea and/or loss of appetite
  • Chronic inhalant abusers may exhibit symptoms such as anxiety, excitability, irritability or restlessness