CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson has reported an increase in methamphetamine test over the past year.

Gilson said in a news release issued Wednesday that meth has become more prevalent in seized drugs, though there has not been a rise in meth-related deaths.

"But the appearance of methamphetamine is disturbing, as it has disastrous effects on people's personal health and social well-being," Gilson said in the release.

Meth has been found in the form of tablets (fake Ecstasy pills) and crystal.

Meth use can lead to long-term consequences including weight loss, severe tooth decay, open sores and brain and heart damage.