RESOURCES


Methamphetamine abuse leads to devastating medical, psychological, and social consequences. Adverse health effects include memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, heart damage, malnutrition, and severe dental problems.

Ask MethProject.org

Ask MethProject.org is an integrated campaign to reduce methamphetamine use. Central to the campaign is MethProject.org—an encyclopedic online source of information about Meth for teens—supported by new television, radio, print, online, mobile, and social media campaigns. A web-centric social network built around the theme "Ask MethProject.org," the campaign challenges teens to consider what they know about Meth, and equips them with facts, tools, and resources to understand the risks of the drug and influence their peers.

MethProject.org provides the immersive, multimedia experience teens have come to expect in the digital world. Organized around getting answers, speaking out, and taking action, MethProject.org addresses teens' most frequently asked questions about the physical, mental, and social effects of Meth use. Each question is answered with a range of content—more than 350 in all—from interactive facts, videos, animations, image galleries, polls and quizzes, to personal stories from users, their friends and family, and first-hand accounts from experts.

MethProject.org is the culmination of six years of campaign development and quantitative and qualitative research conducted with more than 50,000 teens and young adults, including 60 national and statewide surveys, and 112 focus groups.

MethProject.org also serves as a platform for teens to connect and share. In the Speak Up section of the site, teens can post their own messages about Meth through artwork, videos, stories, and photos, as well as comment on other teen submissions. Take Action provides ways for teens to get involved to prevent Meth use or find help, and showcases teen-led community action programs across the country.

REPORTS

How Disgust Enhances the Effectiveness of Fear Appeals - March 2012

Journal of Marketing Research Study Finds Meth Project's Approach "Significantly Reduced Future Drug Use"

The Montana Meth Project: "Unselling" a Dangerous Drug - July 2009

Stanford Law & Policy Review article on the Montana Meth Project

The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in the United States - February 2009

RAND Corporation Study Estimates Meth Abuse Costs the U.S. $23.4 Billion

The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in Montana - February 2009

Montana Department of Justice Reports Meth Use Costs the State $200 Million in 2008, Down From $300 Million in 2005

Economic Cost of Meth Use in Montana - Key Facts

Key facts on the Montana Department of Justice Report on the cost of Meth use to the state.

Methamphetamine in Montana: A Follow-Up Report on Trends and Progress, Montana Department of Justice - April 2008

An updated assessment of trends in Meth usage, crime, and other key measures.

2008 Montana Meth Use & Attitudes Survey - April 2008

A statewide survey measuring attitudes and behaviors toward methamphetamine in Montana.

SCHOOL RESOURCES

Meth Prevention Lesson

The Meth Prevention Lesson provides teens in middle and high schools with the facts, tools, and resources to understand the risks of methamphetamine and to influence their peers. This standard-based lesson leverages MethProject.org and provides teachers with engaging, easy-to-use materials to lead a 45-minute class.

After the class, students will understand:
  • The short- and long-term effects associated with methamphetamine use
  • The danger and toxicity of the ingredients in Meth
  • The mechanisms of Meth addiction
  • The effects of Meth on the brain, body, relationships, and the community
  • The risks of trying Meth, even once
  • How to communicate the risks of Meth to their peers and take action to prevent Meth use
The Meth Prevention Lesson employs 4 central instructional strategies:
  • "What Do You Know" Worksheet - Six statements to engage students and get them to think about what they know about Meth
  • Interactive Content - Interactive facts, personal stories, and videos present information from a variety of perspectives
  • Discussion Questions - Open-ended and specific questions spur classroom discussion
  • Peer Engagement and Advocacy - Exercises designed to equip teens with information and tools to take action and influence their peers

At the beginning of the 45-minute lesson students will test their knowledge of Meth with the 6-statement "What Do You Know" Worksheet. The class then will explore these 6 statements through discussion of selected content on MethProject.org.

Teacher Materials

  • Lesson Overview: a one-page summary of the Meth Prevention Lesson
  • Teacher's Guide: step-by-step instructions for the teacher to lead students through an exploration of each topic. The guide includes instructions on the most impactful content on MethProject.org and suggested discussion questions

Student Handouts

  • What Do You Know: a one-page handout for students to reflect on 6 statements to gauge their knowledge of methamphetamine
  • What Do You Know: teacher key

Supplemental Materials

  • Optional 3-Day Lesson - 3-Day version of the Teacher Guide that includes group projects
Launch the Meth Prevention Lesson Website

GET HELP

RESOURCES

If you are concerned someone you care about is using Meth and needs help, consult the resources below to find a treatment facility or support group near you.


WARNING SIGNS OF METH USE

Recognizing the signs of Meth use is a first step in intervention. If the person you are concerned about is exhibiting a majority of the behaviors described below, they may need your help. Not every user will display all of these symptoms and other illicit drugs may also cause similar behaviors.

Signs may include:

  • Changes in physical appearance including deteriorating hair, skin, or teeth
  • Obsessively picking at hair or skin
  • Excessive sweating that's not from heat or physical activity
  • Letting themselves go physically, and not showering or caring how they look
  • Decreased appetite and unhealthy weight loss
  • Dilated pupils and rapid eye movement
  • Unusual or foul body odorÑsome may smell like ammonia
  • Burn marks on fingers or mouth
  • Strange sleeping patternsÑstaying up for days or even weeks
  • Jerky, erratic movements, twitching, facial tics, animated, or exaggerated mannerisms and incessant talking
  • Does repetitive, meaningless tasks like disassembling electronics or other household items for no apparent reason
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia like glass pipes, burnt spoons, cutoff straws, or needles
  • Borrowing money often, selling possessions, or stealing
  • Angry outbursts, mood swings, or overall change in attitude
  • Acting paranoid or talking about being in danger, even though there is no reason to feel threatened
  • Psychotic behavior characterized by paranoia and hallucinations

what you can do

Speak Up

Some people write stories. Others take photos. And some pick up a paintbrush. Share your message about Meth and join the conversation. Need inspiration to get started? Create a drawing or video based on a real story.

Spread the Word

Hold a screening of the Meth Project ads or the HBO documentary Montana Meth, create your own fundraising event, or simply spread the word by sharing content from methproject.org on facebook, twitter, youtube, in school, or at home.

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