Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. Methamphetamine is closely related chemically to amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of methamphetamine are greater. Unlike some drugs that have to be smuggled into the country such as cocaine and heroin, meth can be manufactured relatively easily in home drug labs. The manufacturing of methamphetamine is an extremely volatile process, which can cause fires and explosions.
In Michigan it is a Felony offense to possess, manufacture, or distribute Methamphetamine and Methamphetamine components (items used for the manufacturing of Meth). The penalties for possessing, manufacturing, or distributing Methamphetamine range from 4 years to life imprisonment, depending on the quantities involved.
Effects of Methamphetamine Use:
Methamphetamine can cause a user to go for days without eating or sleeping, leading to malnutrition and severe weight loss. When the effects wear off, users may experience a hard "crash" and sleep for excessive periods of time. Users may also develop paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, visible sores, and depression. Research has indicated that prolonged use of this highly addictive drug may result in damage to neurons in the brain that produce dopamine and serotonin. Although it is a legal prescription drug, there are very few legitimate reasons for its medical use.
Tips for Identifying Meth Labs
There are many possible ways to ID a meth lab. You can look for some of the following indicators:
Unusually strong odors
WARNING: Never open a trash bag to try to identify the contents! Inhaling the toxic gases associated with Meth lab waste can be very dangerous, even fatal.
Damage to Property
Do not take chances!