Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant drug that affects the brain and spinal cord. The drug releases high levels of dopamine in the brain and creates physical and psychological dependence which can lead to a substance use disorder. It is chemically similar to amphetamine, a prescription drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder.
There is a completely different methamphetamine taking the lives of Arizonans at an alarming rate — otherwise known as “Meth 2.0”.
It is far more potent, more addictive, and more deadly than ever.
Why is it so Dangerous?
Meth is no longer created in small amounts in homemade labs. It’s mass-produced by criminal organizations, then smuggled into the U.S. through our southern border.
This meth is highly pure, potent, and low in price. With increased purity and availability, and reduced cost, accidental overdose deaths have been increasing significantly over the past several years.
Meth overdose can cause a stroke, heart attack, and seizures. Even if the overdose is not fatal, the health consequences are significant.