The Meth Epidemic

Additional Resources

A Note about Internet Resources
Students need to be aware that Web sites sometimes present only one view of an issue. Encourage them to think about Web sites as they are reading. Guiding questions as they review Web sites are: What did you learn from this site? What didn't you learn from this site? Who sponsors this site? What bias might the sponsor have? How current is the site?

Web Sites

FRONTLINE: The Meth Epidemic
The companion Web site to the FRONTLINE documentary provides extended interviews with participants in the film, analysis of significant issues, frequently asked questions, readings and links. In addition, this site contains before and after pictures of meth users, detailed information about the effects of meth on the body and the brain, a timeline chronicling the spread of the epidemic, an interactive map showing the meth problem state by state, and Web-exclusive video about the link between meth abuse and HIV/AIDS transmission in the gay community.

The Oregonian Investigative Report: Unnecessary Epidemic: A Five-Part Series
This site provides a comprehensive look at the growth of meth use in the West and what the government could have done to stop it. The articles are written around the following themes:

The Faces of Meth
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has created a presentation of the effects of methamphetamine use. The site includes interactive pictures showing the decline in the health of meth users. It also provides extensive links to organizations and articles concerned with the meth epidemic.

San Diego Natural History Museum: Epidemic! The Natural History of Disease
This site provides multiple links that explore the causes of epidemics and how they have been dealt with over time. It also includes interactive sites to help students to gain an understanding of what causes disease and how to prevent it.

Community Learning Network
This site is designed to help K-12 teachers find educational materials online. "The Substance Abuse Theme Page" includes a collection of Internet resources on substance abuse and links to lesson plans.

FRONTLINE: The Alternative Fix
The lesson plan Progressive Era: Public Pressure and Government Actions uses sections of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair to:

United States Drug Enforcement Agency
Information and publications for students on drug usage and drug prevention programs are found at this site, as well as many links to other agencies.

Koch Crime Institute: The Anti-Meth Site
Methamphetamine: Frequently Asked Questions
A detailed discussion of the history and effects of meth can be found at this site.