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    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.

    Methamphetamine Laws
    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.

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    On 10/15/08
    Torie from AZ said:
    My mom has been addicted to meth since i was 8. It ruined my life, and my entire families life. It took my mom from us and i miss how she use to be. Meth is pure evil and I really believe that. It steals your soul and changes you. I've seen the effects first hand, and I've seen good people turn into stealing cheating lying tweekers right before my eyes. It's the saddest thing i've ever seen. I'd give my life for my mom to stay clean and get her life together. Meth as taken over my mom, and devistated my family. I feel so bad for all the people who do it because they can't see what it's doing.
    On 07/24/07
    john from AZ said:
    ok its my turn, I have been a 10 years clean, I was a slammer (IV NEEDLE USER) im not proud of the fact because it was 2 addictions i had to face, but with the support of a good woman and good friends i was able to put it down and never do it again, i still have cravings for it, especially if i had a bad day, but i just take it one day at a time and soo far so good!!
    On 06/11/07
    John from CT said:
    That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard, evidently you have never done anything before because you do not do it to be cool, you do it to get drunk or high and it makes life much better, try it sometime before you say something else stupid
    On 08/26/06
    Dave from Othr said:
    I disagree. Not with saying Meths is baaaad, but with the writing. Ok, so every pound makes 5-7 pounds of toxic substances. It fails to mention that every SINGLE power plant in the country produces a million times that everyday, but you don't see lawforkids saying that's wrong.
    On 06/12/06
    mike from CO said:
    I, unfortunately, have smoked meth before. I didn't like the high (too intense). I don't think it's exactly "good," but it isn't as addictive as it's made out to be. Opiates are the only physically addictive drugs.
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