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Teens and meth

This fact sheet is part of the Teen talk: survival guide for parents of teenagers series.

Methamphetamine (meth) is a substance that is derived from amphetamine and is a stimulant that strongly affects the central nervous system. Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested orally. It is available in many forms such as powder, ice, and tablets with a variety of street names including: ice, crystal meth, chalk, sketch, yellow powder, poor man’s cocaine, speed, go-fast, and glass. Methamphetamine use typically starts during the teen years. According to the 2016 Monitoring the Future survey, methamphetamine use in recent years has dropped among teens. However, the possibility of harsh behavioral, social, and physical consequences and meth’s severe potency keep it as a concern among many communities. Parents have a critical role in communicating with their teen about the use of meth.

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Ellie McCann, Extension educator in family development

Revised by author; reviewed on same date by Jodi Dworkin, Extension specialist and associate professor in Department of Family Social Science.

Reviewed in 2018

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