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Methamphetamines are powerfully addictive stimulants that dramatically affect the central nervous system The drugs are made easily in clandestine or illegal laboratories with cheap over the counter ingredients These factors combine to make methamphetamines drugs extremely dangerous and vulnerable to widespread use Methamphetamines are also commonly known as speed meth or chalk In its smoked form they are often referred to as ice crystal crank or glass They are a white odorless bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol Methamphetamines chemical structure is similar to that of amphetamine but it has more pronounced effects on the central nervous system Like amphetamines they causes increased activity decreased appetite and a general sense of well being which can last 6 to 8 hours After the initial rush there is typically a state of high agitation that in some individuals can lead to violent behavior Contrary to the stereotype of rural areas as idyllic protected environments in which to raise families substance abuse is as great a problem as it is in the cities One must realize that rural communities vary in characteristics considerably which complicates our understanding of rural substance use problems and increases the need for prevention intervention and treatment programs For too long the problems of alcohol and drug abuse in rural areas have received little attention from the federal level As national studies show those who live in rural areas are just as likely to have alcohol and other drug problems as those who live in large and small cities The choice of addictive substances may differ but the prevalence of abuse is virtually the same for country and city dweller alike Less attention has been focused on drug use in rural than urban areas despite evidence that metro and nonmetro differences in rates of substance abuse have been declining Between 1975 and 1991 the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse NHSDA collected drug alcohol and tobacco use data
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