Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Good Kid Hits Speed, Can't Slow Down

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Good Kid Hits Speed, Can't Slow Down

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Dear Ann Landers: I'm a San Jose high school student, a decent kid from a good family. I have been using methamphetamines for three years. Speed (or meth) is big with teen-agers everywhere, and I thought someone should tell you about it.

Anybody is a target - jocks, cheerleaders, bookworms, anybody. I've met 16-year-old cheerleaders who use it to lose weight. College kids like it because it helps them stay up all night to study for exams, and the next day, they are still wired so they are able to catch up on homework. It is also big with restaurant employees and other people who work long hours. Bikers use it a lot. It is plentiful at truck stops for late-night hauls.

Speed is the most damaging drug a person can take. It is made up of deadly chemicals you might find under your mom's sink. And it is so easy to buy, it's frightening. It's all over the schools and on the streets. On top of that, it's dirt cheap and very potent. The longer you use it, the more you need to get high the next time because tolerance builds up fast. After one or two sleepless nights, you lose your judgment. I've seen friends stay awake eight days straight. By that time, they don't know who I am, where they are or anything else. All they know is they want more speed. You don't eat very much when you're high. You have no appetite, and nothing tastes good. It's easy to go three days on a couple of muffins and some fruit juice. It also makes you jumpy and nervous. And then there's the scratching, twitching, picking your skin and imagining you have bugs crawling all over your body. You become paranoid. You get the idea that everyone is out to get you. I've seen my friends' lives fall apart because of this junk. They try to quit, and then they go back. This is what's happening to me right now. I know what speed does to me, but I'm still using. …

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