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Fast Facts about Methamphetamine

ethamphetamine is an addictive stimulant closely related chemically to amphetamine.
Both drugs have some medical uses (primarily obesity treatment) but their therapeutic use is limited.
There are nearly 300 street terms for methamphetamine, including "speed," "meth" and "chalk." Methamphetamine hydrochloride, clear chunky crystals inhaled by smoking, is referred to as "ice," "crystal" and "glass."
Neurological hazards. Meth releases high levels of dopamine, which stimulates brain cells enhancing mood and body movement. It appears to damage brain cells that contain dopamine and serotonin. Over time, meth use appears to reduce dopamine levels, resulting in symptoms like those of Parkinson's disease, a severe movement disorder.
Addiction. Methamphetamine is taken orally or intranasally (snorting the powder), by intravenous injection and by smoking. Immediately after smoking or intravenous injection, the user experiences an in

tense sensation, called a "rush" or "flash," that lasts a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Oral or intranasal use produces a high, but not a rush. Users may become addicted quickly and use it with increasing frequency and in increasing doses.
Short-term effects. Small amounts of meth cause increased wakefulness and physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, hyperthermia and euphoria. Other effects include irritability, insomnia, confusion, tremors, convulsions, anxiety, paranoia and aggressiveness. Hyperthermia and convulsions can result in death.
Long-term effects. Meth causes increased heart rate and blood pressure and can cause irreversible damage to the brain's blood vessels, causing strokes. Other effects include respiratory problems, irregular heartbeat, and extreme anorexia. Its use can result in cardiovascular collapse and death.

The cause of many teenage crashes is not an issue of
insufficient skills or knowledge. It's often an issue of attitude and maturity. You, the parent, and your influence
can help shape a responsible attitude about driving.

Can I Borrow the Car?

esearch indicates that one in six teen drivers have driven under the influence of marijuana. 
Got a teen driver in your home?  Here are some rules that may help keep him or her safe.
1. Remember you are a role model.  Obey speed limits and demonstrate safe driving habits.
2. Supervise as much practice driving as possible.  Let your teen drive in a variety of driving conditions to build experience and confidence.
3. Be firm about safety belt use.  Wear your safety belt every time you drive. Require your teens to wear them at all times - no exceptions.
4. Discuss realistic consequences of drug and alcohol use.  Remind your teen that it is illegal for teens to drink alcohol and for anyone to use drugs. Tell them that driving while using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs is totally unacceptable.
5. Restrict passengers.  Having more passengers in a car increases risk-taking and leads to greater distractions.

6. Limit night driving.  Many teen car crashes occur between 9 p.m. and midnight. Initially restrict your teen driver to daytime driving and gradually introduce him to night driving
7. Keep it slow and safe for starters.  Gradually introduce more difficult driving situations such as highway driving, merge ramps and major urban areas.
8. Train for poor weather conditions.  Coach your teen driver through rainstorms, snow, wind, sleet and ice. Limit your teen's driving during bad weather until the teen demonstrates a high level of competence and confidence.
9. Restrict cell phones to emergency only.  Provide your teen with a cell phone for the car for emergencies only. Instruct your teen to pull safely over to the side of the road to make a call.
10. Choose safe vehicles for your children.  Look for vehicles with high safety ratings (air bags, crumple zones, etc.).  Avoid small cars (poor crash protection) and trucks and sport  utility vehicles (prone to rolling over).