Methamphetamine Pills

Know the facts about methamphetamine pills and connect with help and support to keep your child safe.

What are some slang terms?
Yaba

What is it?
Methamphetamine pills contain a combination of the stimulants methamphetamine and caffeine. They are produced in Burma by groups such as the United Wa State Army and marketed predominantly in Thailand. Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain.

What does it look like?
A methamphetamine pill is a tablet, commonly reddish-orange or green, that fits inside the end of a drinking straw with a variety of logos — “WY” being the most common.

How is it used?
The pills are swallowed.

What do young people hear about it?
Methamphetamine pills produce euphoria — a high, but not a rush.

What are the risks?
Effects include irritability/aggression, anxiety, nervousness, convulsions, and insomnia. Meth is addictive, and people using the drug can develop a tolerance quickly, needing higher amount to get high, and going on longer binges. Some people avoid sleep for three to 15 days while binging.

Psychological symptoms of prolonged meth use include paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive behavior patterns, and delusions of parasites or insects under the skin. People often obsessively scratch their skin to get rid of these imagined insects. Long-term use, high dosages, or both can bring on full-blown toxic psychosis (often exhibited as violent, aggressive behavior). This behavior is usually coupled with extreme paranoia. New research shows that those who use methamphetamine risk long-term damage to their brain cells similar to that caused by strokes or Alzheimer’s disease.

What are signs of use?

  • Irritability/aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Convulsions
  • Insomnia

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

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