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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.
What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine—also known as speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal or glass—is an extremely addictive stimulant that adversely affects the central nervous system, sometimes permanently damaging and depleting dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain. Teens use meth for its euphoria-inducing effects.

Prevalence of teen methamphetamine use.

Meth use among teens has been declining in the last decade, according to data from the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study. In 2009, teen meth use was down a third from what it was in 2001 for both 10th and 12th graders.

Despite this reduction in use among certain sectors of the teenaged population, crystal meth has become the most dangerous drug problem facing small town America. Kids between 12 and 14 that live in small, rural towns are 104% more likely to use meth than those who live in larger cities.

Signs of meth use.

Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive and dangerous drug. Users risk countless short-term side effects, death from overdose and long-term health consequences such as brain damage (which resembles Alzheimer’s disease.) Parents should be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of meth addiction including:

  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Euphoria
  • Paranoia
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Memory loss
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Marked increase in secrecy
  • Inability to maintain attention
  • Changes in attitudes toward money and spending habits

Treating methamphetamine abuse.

Meth addiction is serious, but effective treatment is available. Contact Caron for more information on how to get help for your teen.