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Would you like your meth in strawberry or cherry flavor?

Recent reports have surfaced of a pink-colored, strawberry-flavored methamphetamine that was seized in Nevada. The idea of a candy-like substance, which some officials fear is targeting youth, has created quite a buzz.

News outlets have covered the story from at least nine states, yet it appears there is still only one confirmed seizure of the substance. This leaves some people wondering whether it was an isolated incident that got a lot of attention or if there are legitimate fears of some meth manufacturers trying to target new users by making the drug more appealing to young people.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that more than 10 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried methamphetamine at some point in their lives. According to results from the 2005 Monitoring the Future Study, current meth use among high school seniors decreased from 1.7 percent in 2003 to 0.9 percent in 2005.

Methamphetamine found on the streets is often made in home-based labs that use an array of toxins to create the chemical transformation. Some ingredients may include lithium battery acid, red phosphorus, anhydrous ammonia, and its base of pseudo-ephedrine.

Taking even small amounts of methamphetamine can result in increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and hyperthermia. Other effects of methamphetamine abuse may include irritability, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, tremors, convulsions, and cardiovascular collapse and death. Long-term effects may include paranoia, aggressiveness, extreme anorexia, memory loss, visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, and severe dental problems.

Article by Eric Mitchell

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