Methamphetamine (meth, speed, crank, ice) is a powerful central nervous stimulant that is widely abused across the world. Within the last decade meth use has increased significantly and its abuse has been labeled an epidemic. Meth is smoked, snorted, swallowed, or injected to produce a highly addictive euphoric rush. The stimulant high created by meth is followed by an equally extreme crash. When coming down from the drug, users can sleep for several days at one time while their body recovers. Many stimulant addicts are in denial about their addiction, and intervention from family members or loved ones is often necessary to get them to seek help.
- In 2009, 1.2 million Americans had abused meth at least once within the past year (Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health)
- In 2010, the Monitoring the Future survey showed that 14 percent of 10th-graders reported that meth was easy to obtain
- In 2008 it was reported that 25% of the adult men being held in South Dakota Dept. of Corrections had admitted to using meth