Meth Information for Teens

Methamphetamine is different than most drugs. A first-time user can get addicted. Whether you get addicted or not, your body will experience damage and deterioration that can never been repaired. People who use meth find themselves in trouble with meth very quickly. They need help in beating their addiction. You can choose not to try methamphetamine. For more information on meth and other drugs, go to:

The majority of Marshalltown 6th,8th and 11th graders surveyed in the Iowa Youth Survey said they have never tried meth.

Know the laws about drug use.

What meth does:

  • Contributes to the number of child abuse cases
  • Contributes to the new drug crime prison admissions
  • Discolors and rots your teeth
  • Makes you lose your hair
  • Gives your skin a gray tone
  • Gives you open sores on the face
  • Gives you blurred vision
  • Gives you tremors
  • Gives you irreversible damage to the brain’s blood vessels, causing strokes
  • Makes you lose weight rapidly
  • Gives you crank bugs – a psychological effect of hallucinations of bugs crawling all over your skin. Addicts will literally claw their face and skin until it is raw flesh, trying to get rid of bugs that aren’t there.
  • Can kill you by causing overheating, convulsions and coma

To get help now for yourself or a loved one, call 1-800-662-HELP.
SATUCI offers prevention and treatment services. Call 641-752-5421.

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Meth Information for Adults

Meth use in Iowa is on the decrease, but remains a problem that parents and adults should keep vigilant about so they can help their children understand the risks. Know the laws about drug use.

Meth is a drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. Meth is closely related chemically to amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of methamphetamine are greater.

The good news is that 98% of Marshalltown 6th, 8th and 11th graders said they have never used meth, according to the Iowa Youth Survey.

Other data from the Iowa Youth Survey:

  • 67% of Marshalltown 11th graders said they think they would be at great risk of harming themselves if they took methamphetamines once a week. 63% of eighth graders and 70% of 6th graders said they would be at great risk.

Clearly, there is education left to do when it comes to making sure youth know about the dangers and risks of this drug.

Did you know? Meth comes in several forms, including powder, crystal, rocks and tablets.

Did you know? Meth can be made from readily available products such as battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, antifreeze.

Health hazards of meth use

Why you should care about meth in the community

Open letter to a parent

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SATUCI can help with prevention and treatment issues. Call 641-752-5421.