Laws - View Law: POSSESSION AND USE OF METHAMPHETAMINE
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a very addictive stimulant that is manufactured in illegal labs under dangerous conditions. The manufacture of methamphetamine has a severe impact on the environment. The production of one pound of methamphetamine releases poisonous gas into the atmosphere and creates 5 to 7 pounds of toxic waste. Many laboratory operators dump the toxic waste down household drains, in fields and yards, or on rural roads causing dangerous conditions for anyone coming in contact with the waste. Effects of usage include addiction, psychotic behavior, brain damage, extensive tooth decay (meth mouth), open sores on the body, and an overall decrease in the quality of life.
Arizona law classifies methamphetamine as a dangerous drug (A.R.S. §13-3401) and makes it a crime to knowingly use, possess, buy, sell, transport, or manufacture. It is also a crime to possess the equipment or chemicals to manufacture Methamphetamine. (A.R.S. §13-3407). The criminal penalties for violation of the laws are harsh and include significant prison time and fines. (A.R.S. §13-712).
Read a story about one teenager’s use of methamphetamine and what she learned in the LawForKids.org Stories Section.
Read a special series from the Arizona Republic about how methamphetamine use has affected local residents.
To learn more about substance abuse and ways to get help, The Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention is a website to increase education about the serious risks and public health problems caused by abuse of alcohol and controlled substances.
For a better understanding about Methamphetamine, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides a scientific description of this highly addictive substance as well as its effects. NIDA also has a website for Teens that presents science-based information about the effects of drugs on the brain and body so that teens will be equipped with better information to make healthy decisions.
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency gives information about Methamphetamine, the facts about its use nationwide, national news about Methamphetamine and resources for getting help with a Methamphetamine addiction.
The American Dental Association describes the dental effects of Methamphetamine use.