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Methamphetamine/Ice Facts

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Printable Meth Fact Sheet For the Palolo Community


What is meth/ice?

Meth or ice is a highly harmful stimulant that speeds up your brain, and in turn speeds up your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure.  When taken meth/ice can cause violent or psychotic behavior.

What’s it look like?


Pills, powder or chunky crystals called “ice.”

What is it also called?

Meth is also commonly referred to as speed, uppers, chalk, ice, glass, crank (when injected), co-pilots, glass, or even sometimes called Christmas tree.  In Hawaii, Meth/Ice is referred to as batu.

What can ice do to me?

Use of meth can cause dangerously high body-temperature, sweating, headaches, blurred vision, dry mouth, hot flashes, dizziness, rotting teeth, hallucinations, scars and open sores, paranoia, and severe weight-loss.  If used long-term, ice can cause damage to the brain, and cause memory loss or damage, convulsions (uncontrollable jerking), and even death.

What can ice do to the fetus, infants, and children?

It causes deformations in fetuses, asocial children, children incapable of bonding, children prone to have tremors. Also causes the children to have shortness of breath, excessive coughing, mental confusion, excessive sleepiness, and excessive hyperactivity!

What does ice do to the family?


Meth/Ice use can be a precursor for sexual and physical abuse within the family.  It also is a big cause of families splitting up or completely falling apart due to the user’s inability to care for others while using! 

What are the consequences of using/selling meth or ice?

The punishment for meth use/sale is extremely rough, as it should be. It consists of sentencing of up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000 – this is just for the first offense if you are convicted three times for meth charges then you could be looking at being locked up for 25 years to life in prison).

How can I prevent myself or loved ones from using meth?

Spend quality time with the ones you love and care about.  Find new family activities to participate in.  Join a sports team or find another interesting hobby.  Stay actively busy, participate in service-learning programs,volunteer, or seek out support groups or treatment centers to build self-esteem, strong families and create healthy choices to help yourself and everyone you love!

Where can I get help or treatment for meth addiction?


Early Intervention Services: HKISS

Baby S.A.F.E. Program
Waianae Coast Comprehensive
Lyla Au 1-808-733-9021

For ICE information on prevention, intervention and treatment and for the film "ICE: Hawaii's Crystal Meth Epidemic" visit:

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Caring for the children of Hawaii