Mind Matters: The Body’s Response to Methamphetamine

This video for middle school students describes how methamphetamine is used and how it affects the brain and the body. Check out the Mind Matters Series with other drugs and the body related videos and other teaching tools: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers/mind-matters 

Video Length: 1:49
Transcript: 

[Music]

Narrator speaking:

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that can make you feel extra energized. 

It can look like a white powder or it can be made into a clear, crystal shape. 

Most methamphetamine is made in big labs, but people sometimes try to make it in their homes by mixing chemicals and certain types of cold medicines.

This is dangerous because cooking these chemicals can cause toxic fumes and explosions. 

It is also called meth, speed, crystal, and ice.

How do people use methamphetamine?

People can smoke it or snort the powder up their noses.

They can also inject methamphetamine into their bodies with a needle. People smoke the crystal version in a glass pipe. 

How does methamphetamine affect your brain and body? Methamphetamine can increase your energy, make you breathe rapidly, and increase your heart rate and body temperature. 

It also causes a loss of appetite which can lead to extreme weight loss.