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Methamphetamine Effects

What Is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug. It has many other names, including meth, ice, crystal and chalk. This substance can be smoked, ingested or dissolved in alcohol or water. It can also be injected into the body. Methamphetamine works by increasing the amount of dopamine in the body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is involved in motivation, reward, and pleasure. Meth users experience an intense feeling of euphoria.

This euphoric feeling quickly fades, which is why meth users continue to use the drug. Repeated meth use can easily lead to addiction. Methamphetamine has a Schedule II drug classification, which means that its potential for abuse is high. In rare cases, it used to treat ADHD. However, when meth is used for medical purposes, it is prescribed in small doses.

It is estimated that 0.4 percent of people in America have used meth within the past year. Additionally, 0.2 percent of individuals have used meth within the previous month.

What Are Consequences Of Using Meth?

Meth users like the feeling that they get when they use the drug. However, both short and long-term meth use can have serious consequences. Meth can raise the body temperature drastically, which can cause a person to pass out. It can also cause severe itching.

Long-term meth use can also cause a condition known as meth mouth. Meth mouth is where a person has a dry mouth and broken teeth due to meth use. Additionally, meth use can cause emotional problems.

Signs And Symptoms Of Meth Abuse

Some signs suggest a person is abusing meth. Individuals who abuse meth may have trouble sleeping, and they may also lose weight rapidly. They may suffer from anxiety. Additionally, they may be unusually active.

Effects Of Methamphetamine Abuse

Irregular heartbeat, violent, aggressive behavior and confusion are some of the many adverse effects of long-term meth abuse. It is important to note that meth is one of the most damaging illicit drugs on the market. Heavy meth users may experience hallucinations. There have been many stories reported of meth users picking their skin because they thought that bugs were crawling all over their body.

Meth can interfere with a person’s judgment. As a result of this, he or she is more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as unprotected sex. Furthermore, individuals who use meth are more liable to neglect responsibilities at work and home.

What Are The Withdrawal Symptoms?

Many meth users want to quit, but they find that the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms make this difficult. Heart palpitations, hypertension, tremors, and shaking are some of the possible withdrawal symptoms. Users may also experience an intense craving for the drug.

Information on Illicit Drugs was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Treatment Network

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