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Methamphetamine is by far the most prevalent synthetic controlled substance clandestinely manufactured in the United States. In the West and Southwest, it is increasingly significant as a drug of abuse: 52 percent of all those arrested in San Jose for drug possession, for example, test positive for methamphetamine. The Midwest has also seen an increase in methamphetamine production, trafficking and consequences. While the drug is not commonly found in the East and Southeast an analysis of methamphetamine treatment admissions as well as increased seizures suggest that the use of the drug maybe spreading eastward. The number of methamphetamine laboratory seizures reported to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1997 increased dramatically, to 1,431 from 879 in 1996. This reflects the widespread proliferation in the manufacture, trafficking, and use of the drug across the West and Midwest and portions of the South. During 1997 methamphetamine prices nationwide ranged from $3,500 to $30,000 per pound, $400 to $2,800 per ounce, and 37 dollars to $200 per gram.


Source: SAMHSA, OAS, TEDS (Jan 1998)

Index of Terms

TermDefinition
Addiction ad·dic·tion - n. the condition of being addicted to something [trying to conquer an addiction to drugs]
Amphetamines Often called "speed" this drug is a synthetically produced Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant with cocaine-like effects.
Caffeine The stimulant drug found in coffee and some teas.
Cocaine A bitter, crystalline drug obtained from the dried leaves of the coca shrub; it is a local anesthetic and a dangerous, illegal stimulant; the primary psychoactive ingredient in the coca plant and a behavioral-affecting drug.
Crack Cocaine The chemical cocaine is found in the oil of the coca plant leaf. When processed, cocaine is chemically turned into water-soluble powder form called cocaine hydrochloride. Crack cocaine, much like "freebasing" cocaine, is cocaine powder that has been turned back into an oil form of smokable cocaine.
Drugs Drugs essentially are poisons. The degree they are taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant. A greater amount acts as a sedative. A larger amount acts as a poison and can kill one dead. This is true of any drug. Each has a different amount at which it gives those results.
Heroin A white crystalline "narcotic" powder derived from "morphine", formerly used as a painkiller and sedative.
Ice A smokable form of methamphetamines.
MDMA MDMA is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and "hallucinogen", producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences.
Marijuana A green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa.
Methamphetamine A powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system.
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