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What is Meth?

Methamphetamine (Meth) is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. Methamphetamine is closely related chemically to amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of methamphetamine are greater. Both drugs have some limited therapeutic uses.

Methamphetamine is made in illegal laboratories and has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Street methamphetamine is referred to by many names, such as "speed," "meth," "crystal," "CR," "crank," "glass," and "ice." Methamphetamine hydrochloride, clear chunky crystals resembling ice, which can be inhaled by smoking, is referred to as "ice," "crystal," and "glass."

What are the signs of a meth lab in your neighborhood?

  • Strong odor of solvents

  • Strong ammonia smell

  • Increased activity, especially at night

  • Empty chemical containers dumped nearby

What do you do if you suspect a Meth Lab?

  • Contact local law enforcement and give them as much information as you have.

  • Provide INET with the information by calling the Secret Witness Tip Line at .

  • Do not enter a site that you think may be used for cooking methamphetamine. Meth labs present extreme dangers from explosions, fire, and exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Effects of Meth Use

Meth eats away at brain tissue, elevates blood pressure, creates psychosis and causes the body to overheat. Teeth fall out. The body stops craving food, and only wants the drug.

Faces of meth

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Meth Labs in Grant County

Thankfully, the number of active meth labs and dumpsites found in the area has been declining over the past few years, reflecting both a regional and national trend. Unfortunately, methamphetamine abuse continues to be a significant drug problem in Grant County. Much of the drug is now made in “super labs” in Mexico and Canada where the precursor chemicals used in meth production are not regulated as they are in the United States.

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