Methamphetamine Information

Methamphetamine is an extremely powerful and addictive central nervous system stimulant that also negatively affects the cardiovascular system. A Methamphetamine user will exhibit noticeably increased physical activity, at times staying awake for days at a time. A user is also subject to intense feelings of paranoia, as well as violent and unpredictable behavior. Chronic Methamphetamine abuse permanently damages the pleasure center of the brain, so that the only way to experience pleasure would be the continued abuse. Methamphetamine is generally made in Clandestine Labs, which can exist in a residence, building, car, box, cooler, ditch, or any other public or private location. These labs contain very dangerous and volatile chemicals, and if a suspected lab is located please contact law enforcement immediately.

Signs of a Meth. Lab
  • Strong smell that might resemble urine, or unusual chemical smell like ether, ammonia, or acetone.
  • Little or no traffic during the day, but lots of traffic at extremely late hours.
  • Extra efforts made to cover windows or reinforce doors.
  • Residents never putting their trash out or putting their trash in neighbors’ garbage containers.
  • Lab materials surrounding the property
  • Vehicle trunks loaded with chemical containers, or basic chemistry paraphernalia-glassware, rubber tubing, etc.
  • Laboratory glassware being carried into the residence.
  • Inhabitants smoking outside due to the fumes inside the lab.
Signs of a Meth. User
  • Agitation
  • Excited Speech
  • Decreased Appetites
  • Increased Physical Activity Levels
  • Dilated Pupils
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Chest Pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated Body Temperature
  • Episodes of sudden and violent behavior, intense paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and bouts of insomnia.
  • A tendency to compulsively clean and groom and repetitively sort and disassemble objects, such as cars and other mechanical devices.
Meth: Do’s and Don'ts

Do: Call the police if you suspect a meth lab
Don’t: Check out the lab for yourself (remember they are explosive)
Do: Be alert for labs or drug houses in your neighborhood.
Don’t: Approach someone you suspect is "high on meth." These people can be very dangerous.
Do: Get help for friends or family members who you know are using meth.

If you have any information that may assist law enforcement, please consider contacting CrimeStoppers at 701-746-1000 or the Grand Forks Regional Narcotics Task Force at 701-795-3820. You may choose to remain anonymous, and, in the case of CrimeStoppers, you may be eligible for a reward for the information you provide.

For information on scheduling a Methamphetamine Awareness presentation provided by the Grand Forks Police Department, please contact Sgt. Derik Zimmel at 787-8085.