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Meth Project - November 17th 2011, 01:25 AM


November 30th is National Meth Awareness Day

Highly addictive, easy to get, and lower prices with increased supply from Mexico make the odorless drug, Methamphetamine (also known as Meth, Glass, Crystal, Tina, Crank, Batu, and Ice), a widely available drug to teenagers across the United States. In Hawaii, 1 in 10 teens has been offered meth and 1 and 7 have had a family member in treatment for meth use. It is one of the most addictive synthetic substances known to man because of the high levels of dopamine that are released into the brain when the drug is either taken orally, smoked, injected, or snorted. The effects of meth can last anywhere from 6 to 24 hours (depending on factors including body composition).

Short term physical effects of using meth include becoming easily agitated, an increase in body temperature (sometimes to lethal levels), an increase in heart rate, convulsions, and on occasion, even death. Long term meth users may also experience paranoia, auditory hallucinations, extreme rage, and changes in diet and sleep habits that may result in missing teeth, anorexia, and hair loss.

Meth use doesn't just have physical repercussions, but social ones as well. Many meth addicts will steal, prostitute themselves, and find many other unhealthy ways to support their habit. These actions lead many to STD's, unwanted pregnancy, arrests, and negative relationships with friends and family.

90% - 95% of people who try meth for the first time will become addicted. Even if they try to quit, 90% of meth users will end up picking up the pipe again. Symptoms of a meth withdrawal can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months on average and include depression, anxiety, fatigue, paranoia, and aggression.

After reading this, you may be thinking, "Why should I care? How does this affect me? I've never done meth, I've never met anyone who does meth." Meth doesn't just affect its users. It affects everyone in the community, whether it be directly or not. Meth's effects cost the U.S. between $16.2 and $48.3 billion per year. That's your taxpayer money.

So what CAN you do? You can become an advocate in your community and speak out against meth. The Meth Project is a nationwide program who's goal is to educate the public about the effects of meth and reduce meth use through public service messaging. Through tv, radio, billboards, community outreach, and social media, the Meth Project uses strong visual and emotional ads to get its message out. Since its start in Montana in 2005, meth use among teenagers has dropped 63% in the state, as well as 52% in Idaho, and 65% in Arizona.

For more information visit THE METH PROJECT online

Current U.S. states supporting The Meth Project:

Just because your state/country isn't a part of The Meth Project doesn't mean you can't help! You can always spread awareness about the effects of meth. And just remember that the most important thing you can do for anyone you know doing meth is get them help!

source: methproject.org

Wasn't really sure where to put this thread, but if anyone has any questions on the topic of meth or on The Meth Project, I'd love to try my best to answer.

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Re: Meth Project - November 17th 2011, 03:48 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will be citing this later to users who act like Meth isn't a "big deal."

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Re: Meth Project - November 18th 2011, 04:29 PM

This is a great project, thanks for posting! As somebody from a very bad area for meth use, this is something people need to be educated on. Here's the Arizona page if anybody wants to check it out! Addicts, recovering addicts, and supporters, this project is a great way to get involved. Education and supporting rehabilitation works a lot better than jailing addicts (victims) of meth.

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Re: Meth Project - November 20th 2011, 01:32 AM

Thanks for the support you guys!
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