There is a long scientific explanation - but here is a simple explanation:
There is a chemical in our bodies called Dopamine that sends happy positive thoughts to our brain. Imagine we have a bucket full of Dopamine and each time we are feeling good a couple of spoonfuls are taken from the bucket and sent to the brain giving us great pleasure. When a person takes Meth the first time that bucket is completely emptied into the brain causing the person to have the most wonderful feelings of pleasure referred to as a HIGH. To get that feeling again, the person takes more Meth but the problem is, the bucket is now empty and yet the need to feel that HIGH again is back and the person keeps taking Meth trying to get that feeling again. That is how Meth is ADDICTIVE.
In our interpretation of the Ontario Curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 our program fits into the Living Skills requirements under Healthy Living Section in Grade 5: C1.1, C1.2, C2.2, C2.3, C3.3 and in Grade 6: C1.1, C1.2 and C2.4.
In C1.1 community groups such as Rotarians are identified, as people who they can trust and use as a supportive resource. Under C1.2 we discuss and show examples of the short and long-term effects of the use of meth. Under C2.2 and C2.3 we provide the students with strategies to deal with pressure to try the drug and get involved and the importance of and use of refusal and assertiveness skills. Under C3.3 we identify and discuss personal and social factors that can affect a person’s decision to try drugs at different points in their lives and provide an example of the Rotarian Four-Way Test to help them make a wise decision.
1. Q. Is it possible to get addicted to meth if someone only tries it one time?
ANS: Meth is one of the few drugs with the potential for addiction after the very first use.
2. Q. I've heard that meth is one of the worst drugs to ever come along because it is made from poisonous substances, is this true?
ANS: Yes, would you consider drinking something that contains ingredients such as: Acetone, fertilizer, antifreeze, drain cleaner, engine starter fluid, battery acid, gun cleaner solvents, and many more dangerous ingredients.
3. Q. Are there short term effects from experimenting with meth?
ANS: Trying even a small amount of meth can cause bursts of energy, anxiety, tremors, jitteriness,
convulsions, paranoia, hypothermia, and insomnia. Dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, weight loss, skin rashes, sores, & infections. The convulsions and hypothermia can result in a stroke and even death.
4. Q. What are the long term effects of taking meth?
ANS: Long term effects include meth mouth (addicts often loose all their teeth), open sores, chronic fatigue, paranoia or delusional thinking, changes in personality (severe depression). Bone loss and malnutrition, liver and kidney damage. Loss of interest in friends, sports, school, church and even permanent psychological damage.
5. Q. What could I say to a friend who asks me to try meth without making them angry at me?
ANS: You could say:
a. "I'm not ready to change my life, please don't ask me again"
b. "I don't want to destroy myself or my family, please don't ask me again."
c. "It's not my style. "
d. “That stuff is poisonous, I'm not going to put it in my body.”
e. “I am part of the future, don’t meth with me.”
6. Q. What does meth look like?
ANS: It can be a powder or rocklike chunks that are white or yellow. Some types of meth are clear
and look like crystal. There is reportedly a new flavor known as 'strawberry quick', it is popular among new users who snort it because the flavoring can cut down on the bitter taste.
7. Q. How is meth used?
ANS: Meth can be smoked, snorted, eaten or injected.
8. Q. What are some other names for meth?
ANS: Chalk, Crank, Glass, Ice, Speed, Tweak, Crystal.
9. Q. Is making meth dangerous?
ANS: Extremely dangerous! Meth labs generate poisonous gases and often catch fire or explode.
Making meth produces toxic waste which is often just dumped in the ground or river.
10. Q. What should I do if I suspect someone is making meth?
ANS: You can save somebody's life by talking to someone you trust - your parents, teacher, counselor, school nurse, minister or law enforcement officer or phone the Help Line 1-800-668-6868.
11. Q. Does meth have an odour?
ANS: Yes, You might notice an unusual chemical smell on the clothes or the person's body that smells similar to cat urine.