(speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal, glass, tina, jib, crank)
While the use of crystal meth is not on the rise among the mainstream high school population, there may be concern about how much it is used among certain populations, such as street youth, or within particular communities.
it causes feelings of an intense sensation of pleasure; when smoked or injected there is a brief "rush" or "flash" although the drug stays in the body for up to 12 hours
it causes increased heart rate, blood pressure and can cause damage to blood vessels in the brain and convulsions
the person may experience loos of appetite, become anxious, aggressive or confused
long-term effects include; possible irreversible damage to brain cell-endings, associated with thinking, memory and movement, insomnia, anorexia, paranoia, bizarre violent behavior and skin sores.
("C", coke, flake, snow, stardust, blow, nose candy)
Cocaine is a stimulant drug that comes from the coca bush that grows in South America. The leaves are soaked, mashed and filtered to create a paste that is treated with chemicals. It ends up as a powder that has other powders added to it.
"Crack" or "rock" is cocaine which is chemically changed so it can be smoked and inhaled into the lungs. Crack cocaine is particularly addictive and very dangerous. People are attracted to it because smoking provides a much quicker and more intense "high" than sniffing or "snorting" cocaine into the nostrils. The immediate, intense euphoria of smoking crack cocaine wears off more quickly than when the drug is sniffed. Then the user becomes anxious, irritable and deeply depressed and craves another dose to relieve the depression. Cocaine can be snorted into the nose as a powder or injected by needle. It can be smoked in the form of crack or rock.
the person's appetite will decrease
the person will be more alert and have more energy and will not get tired easily
the person's heart rate, blood pressure breathing will speed up and there is a risk of burst blood vessels or heart failure
the person's pupils will be enlarged and their appetite decreased
the person may act bizarre or be violent; they may experience paranoid psychosis, like feeling a sensation of having something crawling under their skin.
(smack, "H", skag, junk)
the person may feel a surge of intense pleasure ("euphoria")
the person may feel a warm flushing of the skin, a dry mouth and heaviness in their limbs
the person then may experience a drowsy state and clouded mental functioning
After repeated and long term use, the person my develop collapsed veins (from injections) or a nasal soreness (from snorting) The person may develop heart valve infections or liver disease