Methamphetamine Addiction: Effects and Treatments

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Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Methamphetamine is commonly known as “speed,” “meth,” and “chalk.” It is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Meth can be snorted, smoked, injected, or orally ingested. Over 11 million Americans 12 and older have tried the drug meth. What makes this number scarier is that 60% are women that are child bearing age. Meth is stronger than crack cocaine, more addictive than heroine, and one of the most powerful man made stimulants. Meth accounts for the highest percentage of Emergency Room drug related incidents and drug related incarcerations. If you can make chocolate cookies, you can make meth. Anyone can go into a local corner store and purchase the most active ingredients; including, common cold medicine, batteries, brake cleaner, and fertilizer. These drug labs are not large elaborate buildings; contrary, these make shift labs can fit in a trunk of a car, a tent, or in residential neighborhoods. Anyone is at risk because of the toxic gases that can be inhaled and because of the dangerous ingredients’ potential of exploding and taking out a neighborhood block. Meth has an intense immediate long lasting sensation that is followed by a rush that can last more than 12 hours. These addictive stimulants effect the pleasure centers of the brain. This high is not worth the health risks that can appear for numerous years to come. Some of the immediate side effects are anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, paranoia, and hallucinations. Longer effecting side effects can be rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and damage to the small blood vessels in the brain which can lead to a stroke. Meth addicts may never regain all of their memory and the cravings, drug memories and nightmares may never go away. The good news is that methamphetamine...
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