Methamphetamine Testing

Methamphetamine (Meth or “P”) is a strong, central nervous system stimulant Meth is synthetically manufactured and is highly addictive

Meth is made from - solvents, corrosives, inorganic substances, chemical precursors (such as amphetamine, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine)

In New Zealand meth comes in two main forms: Crystal Rock and Powder Meth is a Class “A” Drug

Street Names of Meth: Crystal, Rock, Base, Speed, Shabu, P, Loretta, Whiz, Ice

Health effects can include;

Short-Term:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Dilation of pupils, disturbed sleep
  • Nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behaviour
  • Hallucinations, hyper excitability, irritability, panic and psychosis
  • Skin rashes, eczema
  • Convulsions, seizures

Long-Term:

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage,
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed / respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected, malnutrition, weight loss, severe tooth decay
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion, strong psychological dependence
  • Psychosis, depression, damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy

Methamphetamine is a crystal that vaporizes when heated, as in smoking. The vapour clings to surfaces and reforms into crystals. People who come in contact with these surfaces can ingest the meth through their skin or by touching contaminated surfaces then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.