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The Meth Epidemic

Student Worksheet

The Meth Education Toolkit

Directions:
United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has called meth "the most dangerous drug in America." In order to evaluate the truth of this statement, you need to become more familiar with the development and impact of meth on individual users and their communities. You will be answering questions on the worksheet individually and then comparing your ideas with members of your group.

Individual Exercise

Open the following URL: http://www.metheducation.com, select the section labeled METH FACTS and answer the questions for each of the following categories.

METH OVERVIEW

EFFECTS OF METH

DANGERS AND RISKS

ROAD TO TREATMENT

THE METH TIMELINE

GROUP EXERCISE

  1. Compare your answers to the above questions and add any additional information to complete the assignment.
  2. As a group compare your answers on narcolepsy. Why might amphetamines help people with this illness? How might this relate to the use of amphetamines in the 1960s? Record your discussion here.
  3. Compare the treatment programs that you would recommend for meth addicts. Create a composite program, using the best of each member's ideas. Record your composite program here.
  4. Each student should select a different letter or poem from this site and read it carefully. Then answer the following questions:
    • List four or five major points made by the author. What was the author hoping to do by sharing his or her story?
    • Was he or she successful? Why or why not?
    • As a group compare the answers to the above questions. What similarities do you find in the letters/poems? What differences do you find? Record your answers here.