• Teen science student studies methamphetamine

    Date: 02.25.10 | by Judge Tom.

    Daniel Martin is a 17 year old student in Phoenix, Arizona. His mother works for the medical examiner’s office identifying bodies and determining causes of death.

    A conversation with his mother about bodies found in the desert and their condition peaked Daniel’s interest. Corpses are often affected by the elements and scavenging animals. However, it seemed that carnivores stayed away from bodies with methamphetamine present. 

    Daniel Martin (far right)

    Daniel scoured 97 cases on file in the medical examiner’s office. He reviewed the toxicology results and photographs of the bodies. His theory was supported by the data. He learned that the more methamphetamine detected, the less the scavenging on the body. Daniel stated “Even just a little bit of methamphetamine in the body meant that there was a massive reduction in carnivore scavenging.”

    His findings highlight how dangerous a drug like methamphetamine must be if it’s poisonous effects can be seen even after death. The animals sensed the danger and stayed away.

    Daniel’s project earned him a 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Addiction Science Award, and a $1500.00 scholarship. The title of his project was “The Effect of Methamphetamine on Carnivore Scavenging.”

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Michael
      Thu, 25 Feb 2010 at 11:45

      That is just more proof how poisonous and harmful this drug is. Unfortunately people will still use it no matter how much negative information comes out about it, which shows how insanely addictive it is. My advise is don’t even experiment with this stuff and you will never have to worry about getting off it!
      Thanks for your comment, Mike.