Sheriff's Meth Corner

Attention Employers

Tennessee has one of the worst meth problems in the country and many of our state's meth users are employed. In fact, some meth addicts say they were first introduced to the drug in the workplace. Please visit the Meth Free Tennessee website at and find out how you can help in the fight against meth in the workplace.

What Is Meth?

Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive and illegal stimulant known on the street as "Meth", "Speed", "Crank", "Chalk", "Fire", "Glass", "Ice", "Tweak", "Uppers", "Yaba" and other names. Whatever it's called, none of the names tell you what it really does.

Meth is different. People who use it can get hooked after just their first try, and once a person is addicted it's extremely difficult to get off the drug. The ingredients used to make meth include toxic chemicals that do permanent injury to the body. Meth doesn't just affect the user, it also impacts the user's family and society as a whole.

This is one drug capable of destroying lives, families and communities. This is a lasting destruction, including irreversible and serious damage to the body, parents in jail and kids in foster homes, and serious environmental damage from toxic chemicals in communities where meth is made.

Effects On Children

Effects of meth on childrenNot only does meth have negative, long-lasting effects on users, it also has a destructive impact on everyone around them. Tennessee's children are falling victim to this horrible epidemic everyday.

Abuse and unimaginable neglect are common, and the physical health of children who live in homes where meth is made is especially at risk. They breathe in toxic fumes just by playing on the floor or in a yard where poisonous wastes are dumped.

Fourty percent of child welfare officials surveyed report that methamphetamine has led to an increase in the number of children removed from homes. – National Association of Counties survey polling 500 sheriffs' departments in 45 states.

It makes you so cold and ruthless. I love my children with all my heart, but at the time I never thought about them."
– Recovering addict, Putnam County, TN

"You see people–good people–people that were good parents at one time, people that genuinely loved their children, and they give everything up for the drug."
– Betsy Dunn, Tennessee Department of Children's Services

Long Term Effects of Meth Use

Effects of meth timeline

Long term effects of meth use include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Fatal kidney and lung disorders
  • Possible brain damage
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorganized lifestyle
  • Permanent psychological problems
  • Violent and aggressive behavior
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Behavior resembling paranoid schizophrenia
  • Decreased social life
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor coping abilities
  • Disturbance of personality development
  • Liver damage
  • Stroke
  • Death