Instructor: Carol Ebert
ENG 177-English Composition II
February 24, 2011
Research Proposal: Methamphetamine
“Life or Meth”
Methamphetamine is one of the most destructive substances used in our society today. It has become a problematic epidemic that has greatly affected our community. It is a topic that hits close to home; because I am a recovering meth addict. Now I feel that I have a responsibility to others to keep them aware of the dangers, the short term affects, the long term affects, and the consequences of using meth. I may often serve as a source of help or information to those who feel they need it. My project will include some personal experiences and lots of statistics.
I would like to start off by explaining what meth is. According to Fast Facts about Meth; Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly stimulating drug that directly affects the spinal cord and nervous system. It is “An amine” derives from the word amphetamine, C10H15N, which is used in the form of its crystalline hydrochloride as a central nervous system stimulant, both medically and illicitly. Meth is a highly addictive drug that people continue to use. Even if a first time user experiment with this drug, it is very difficult to say that it will be their “only” and “last” time. Trust me when I tell you this, I have many times told myself that I could quit, just one time and all that other junk you tell yourself to make you think it is ok to harm yourself and others by using meth. It truly takes work and it is a very hard recovery process. I have struggled the last three years through my recovery.
The drug can be made in a makeshift "lab" that can fit into a suit case. They are known as Clandestine labs called "mom and pop" labs and are found in rural, city and suburban residences; barns, garages and other outbuildings; back rooms of businesses; apartments; hotel and motel rooms; storage facilities; vacant buildings; and vehicles. Unusual, strong odors...