Symptoms & Drug Make-Up

Methamphetamine, also known in street terms as “crank,” “speed," “meth,” and “wire,” has been a serious problem throughout Napa County for several decades. Methamphetamine on individuals is unpredictable and can cause a serious physical and mental health concerns to those who use the compound. Methamphetamine is not really a drug, although it is classified as a stimulant; it is a series of compounds brought together under heat and pressure creating a powder or crystal substance. Some of the substances than can go into the production of methamphetamine is solvents, nitrates, lye, and phosphorus. The compound has no useful medical purpose.

Lab Manufacturing & Characteristics

Because of the various production methods, varying degrees of skill of the clandestine lab operator, and different chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, the finished product varies in color and texture. Methamphetamine is most commonly a shade of tan or white. Because the compound will lose its potency value when exposed to light and/or air, the necessity of the manufacturer or seller is to keep methamphetamine if a plastic sandwich or coin bag.

User Symptoms in Detail

Methamphetamine can be smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally. The user will experience an intense rush or “flash.” Methamphetamine can cause a variety of health problems including rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and elevated body temperature. Methamphetamine can damage blood vessels and cause skin abscesses. Heavy users can exhibit progressive psychotic symptoms such as paranoia, delusions, and sudden mood swings.