Speech on Meth

Methamphetamine is a dangerous and addictive drug that is devastating to families, the individual and the community as a whole and should be avoided by all costs. Response sought: To convince the audience that methamphetamine Is a serious threat to our families, communities and the users themselves. Introduction: Attention catching remarks: Let me tell you Joey’s story. Joe was your typical teenager. He lived in the suburbs of Seattle, played sports and was popular with all of his peers. Joes family was active in the community and supported Joe in whatever he choose to do.

He was a gifted athlete and was in line to go to college on scholarships for wrestling and possibly baseball as well. Everything looked good for Joe until the day he decided to use methamphetamine. Purpose Statement: In the next several minutes I will be explaining why meet Is so terrible and why you should all do whatever you can to help others avoid this drug. I will be going over the chemical makeup of methamphetamine, it’s production, the environmental implications, the physical effects on the methamphetamine user and the devastating effects on the community as a whole. Transition:

Having gone over the main points of this speech lets now begin the discussion by going over the chemical makeup of methamphetamine. Discussion: l. Methamphetamine otherwise known as meet, crank. Or crystal is a drug with many chemicals that make up its composition. A. Methamphetamine is made up of over 32 different chemicals. L B. These chemicals are derived from some pretty common sources. 1. Gasoline, Rubbing alcohol, Starting fluid, Paint thinner, Camp stove fuel, White gasoline, Epsom salt, Match heads , Break cleaner, Red devil lye, Drain cleaner, Battery acid, Lithium from batteries and Iodine crystals. . The majority of these chemicals carry warning labels that warn against Ingestion with a possible consequence of death yet combined they make a drug that creates Now that we have looked at the chemicals that makeup methamphetamine lets look at how methamphetamine is produced. II. The production of methamphetamine is a major problem. A. The ease in the manufacturing of methamphetamine is a major contributing factor to the increase in its use. 3 B. Law enforcement officials identify and close hundreds of clandestine labs a year. 3 C.

Mexico and California are some of the largest producers of methamphetamine. 1. Outside of these areas, small rural labs are more common. 3 2. Rural areas are popular sites for production because strong odors are produced from its manufacturing can be hidden so well. 3 D. Mobile labs have begun to appear in a number of states making seizures more complicated. 3 E. The manufacture of methamphetamine is simple because it does not require agriculture, specialized equipment, or advanced technical training. 3 1. It is easily cooked up by anyone in a makeshift lab, hotel room, Mobil home or warehouse. 2. Most of the equipment that is necessary can be bought over the counter or stolen room high school and college labs. 3 F. Methamphetamine hydrochloride is easily produced using ephedrine, hydrochloric acid or over the counter pseudo ephedrine found in cold medication. 3 1. Hydrochloric acid is necessary in one of the major manufacturing processes. 3 2. Although strictly controlled it can be easily created using red phosphorous and iodine crystals, chemicals that are not regulated. 3 G. The key ingredient to meet is ephedrine, a controlled substance. 3 1.

Because its difficult to obtain cooks use pseudo ephedrine, found in many over the counter medicines. 3 H. Cash purchases of large quantities of red phosphorous and iodine are made by cooks in order to produce meet. 3 1. No federal regulations or quantity limitations control the sale of these chemicals making it hard for the DEAD to track their possession. 3 2. Most cooks know this and they stockpile these chemicals Just in case they are ever regulated. 3 l. Legal access to an abundant supply of chemical precursors in Mexico makes it a major producer of meet. 3 1.

Organized crime in Mexico run major production and distribution rings. 3 2. They have access to wholesale ephedrine sources and supply on the international market . 3 . They produce massive quantities and funnel it into the United states via established mule routs. 3 So that’s some information on the manufacturing of meet. Now how about we take a look at the Devastating environmental impact of methamphetamine. Ill. The environmental impact of methamphetamine production is a problem in many ways. A. For every one pound of meet six pounds of toxic waste is produced that has to be dumped somewhere. 4 1.

Dumping in rural areas has left live stock of farmers and ranchers contaminated and in some cases dead. 4 2. 26,000 acres of Tomato state forest were closed because of the manufacturing ND waste from methamphetamine, many of its trees found dead from chemical fumes. 4 3. In Washington state several forestry service workers were hospitalized when they were exposed to toxins from a meet dump. 4 4. Waste dumped in streams and lakes have actually been shown to contaminate human and animal water supplies. 4 6. Dump sites along highways pose a major risk for people who volunteer their time to do cleanup. 7. Fumes in the walls, carpet and heating ducts can cause cancer, brain damage, and immune system complications. 4 B. Chemical contamination and exposure can be quite severe if a person is in the environment where meet is produced.. 1. Exposure to the toxins in methamphetamine comes in several forms, toxic fumes, vapors, and spills. 5 2. Contamination can come from absorption of toxic chemicals from contact with contaminated surfaces, clothing, or food. 5 3. Exposure to low levels of some meet ingredients may produce headache, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. 5 4.

Exposure to high levels can produce shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, lack of coordination, eye and tissue irritation, chemical burns and death. 5 5. Chronic exposure to chemicals typically used in meet may cause cancer, damage he brain, liver and kidney, spleen and immune system. 5 6. Normal cleaning will not remove the chemicals used to produce meet. 5 7. Chemicals may remain on cooking and eating utensils, floors, countertops, and absorbent materials. 5 C. Now Imagine this. 1. You are sitting on the edge oaf stream on a summer day fishing. 2. Your kids are playing in the water having a water fight. . There is a soft breeze coming from up stream and you smell a faint chemical odor, you briefly contemplate its origin and continue fishing. 4. A quarter oaf mile up stream a man wearing a respirator and a pair of rubber loves dumps several buckets of chemicals into the stream. 5. Several hours go by and your kids begin to complain that their skin is irritated, you brush it off as a sun burn and continue gutting the fish. Now that we have heard about the environmental implications of meet production lets see how meet effects the meet user. IV. Methamphetamine has a devastating effect on the user. A.

Methamphetamine has been said to be more addictive than crack and heroine. 1. The physical affects of the drug are so exhilarating at first that their consequences can be lost in the thrill of the rush. 2. Even after close friends and family members plea with the user to stop it is often very difficult or impossible to persuade them to stop using. 3. Mete releases a surge of dopamine causing an intense rush of pleasure or prolonged sense of euphoria. 6 4. Many addicts describe an intense rush of pleasure that lasts for several minutes followed by a euphoric high that lasts for between 6 to 12 hours. 6 5.

In lab experiments done on animals sex causes dopamine levels to Jump from 100 to 200 units, cocaine causes them to spike to 350 units with methamphetamine the lump is from the base number of 100 to 1250 units. B. Mete effects the brain as well. 1. When drug addicts use meet over and over again the drug actually changes their brain chemistry destroying the wiring in the brains pleasure centers and making it increasingly impossible to experience any pleasure at all outside of the continued use of meet. 6 2. Although studies have shown that these tissues can re grow over time the process can take time and the repair may never be complete. 3. Addicts may never show improvement in cognitive abilities damaged by the drug. 6 4. Addicts have also shown severe impairment in memory, Judgment, and motor ordination similar to symptoms seen in individuals suffering from Parkinson disease. 6 5. These changes in brain chemistry can lead to disturbing, even violent behavior. 6 6. Mete like all stimulants causes the brain to release high doses of adrenalin, the attention called tweaking. 6 7. Heavy chronic using can also prompt psychotic behavior such as paranoia, aggression, hallucinations and delusions. 6 C. There are visible signs of meet use as well. 1.

Because meet causes blood vessels to constrict it cuts off steady flow of blood to body parts leaving them with an ashen appearance. 6 2. Heavy usage can damage blood vessels causing tissues to become prone to damage and inhibiting the bodies ability to repair itself. 6 3. Acne appears, sores take longer to repair, and skin looses its luster and elasticity. 6 4. Some users are covered in sores as a result of obsessively picking themselves because of hallucinations of bugs crawling beneath their skin. 6 5. Mete creates a massive burst of energy and a suppression of appetite leaving them thin and underweight. 6 6.

From their week long binges and poor hygiene addicts often have mouths full of broken and discovered teeth called meet mouth. Transition: Now that we have seen the devastation to the user of meet lets now have a look at the toll on our communities. V. Methamphetamine has a devastating effect on the community. A. The criminal impact of meet touches many people. 1. Mete production and use has been tied to numerous murders and other violent acts, here are some examples. A. Lincoln, Illinois- September 2002. Jason Daniels murdered Brian Boob while the two were manufacturing methamphetamine in a secluded area of a local park.

Daniels admitted in a videotaped interview that he slashed Boob’s throat and leaded guilty to murder. 7 b. Paula- December 2003. Two men high on meet robbed a house occupied by the Deprave family. In the process of the robbery they murdered the husband the wife and son. They also kidnapped and sexually assaulted the 10 year old daughter, the only member of the family to survive. 7 c. Newark, New Jersey- January 2004. A couple kidnapped and tortured an individual body fight or flight mechanism, inducing anxiety, wakeful 7. Heavy chronic using can also prompt psychotic behavior s 1.

Because meet causes blood vessels to constrict it Cuts Off 2. He. Usage can damage blood vessels causing tissues to damage and inhibiting the bodies ability to repair Itself. 6 3. Acne appears, sores take longer to repair, and skin looses 4. Some users are covered in sores as a result of obsessively because of hallucinations of bugs crawling beneath their skirt 5. Mete creates a massive burst of energy and a suppression 6. From their week long binges and poor hygiene addicts Oft Now that we have seen the devastation to the user of meet If v. Methamphetamine has a devastating effect on the com 1.

Mete production and use has been tied to numerous murk a. Lincoln, Illinois- September 2002. Jason Daniels murdered two were manufacturing methamphetamine in a secluded Daniels admitted in a videotaped interview that he slashed E b. Paula- December 2003. Two men high on meet robbed a Deprave family. In the process of the robbery they murdered and son. They also kidnapped and sexually assaulted the 10 c. Newark. New Jersey- January 2004. A couple kidnapped an hammer, needle nosed Pl 2. Crimes in Montana are a. Mete related crime in wide. 8 b. Violent crimes increases aggravated assault shows the increase to violence c c. 97. % of state and loc illicit drug that contributor d. 50% of Montana’s dad 1. The cost to the state p 2. The department of co security custody. 8 3. Impact on health care. A. There are more emerge b. 56% of hospitals have related emergency room c. 20% of patients in treat per year. 9 4. Now for the children. A. 52% of children in Foss state per yea b. Cascade county actual kids are their due to met c. Children are general 1. They are sometimes s them years to heal from they actually had meet in their systems from their parents use and being around the substance. 10 Conclusion: Summery: As you can see meet is a very damaging drug.