Before I get started on why methamphetamine is such a huge problem in the US today here are a few facts
Meth- a powerful, long lasting, physical and psychological stimulant. Known by a variety of street names- meth, speed, crank, crystal, ice and glass. ·
Often powdery, meth may be found in variety of colors and it may emit a chemical odor. ·
Meth is swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked.
Meth is a highly addictive drug.
Short-term use can result in increased heart rate, blood pressure and respiration; excessive sweating; flushed or tense appearance; a chemical odor on the breath; rapid speech; dilated pupils; bloodshot eyes; and inability to sleep or eat. ·
Prolonged use can cause severe physical and psychological problems, including permanent brain damage. Chronic users are also known as tweakers. ·
Physical symptoms include severs weight loss, rotting teeth, scars, and open sores, often caused by the tweakers' hallucinations of imaginary bugs on the skin (National Drug Intelligence Center), body odor and a lack of one's personal hygiene.
Meth can overwhelm and over stimulate the user's nervous system, creating serious psychological/behavior problems, including violence, aggression and hyperactivity. ·
Chronic meth users experience any or all of the following: initial euphoria, depression, paranoia, delusions and aggressive behavior.
Meth modifies the brain's pleasure receptors by producing excess levels of dopamine, a natural chemical found in the brain. With prolonged use, the user's ability to experience normal levels of pleasure declines significantly. The user suffers extreme boredom with normal day-to-day activities. ·
Meth creates a powerful craving in the user. The psychological urge to use meth can cause a user to become dependent on the drug. Many young users either ignore or are unaware of the paranoia, brain damage or violence associated with...
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