the dangerous stimulant

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is double synthesized from amphetamine. It can be snorted, smoked, injected, or taken orally. Also known as meth, speed, chalk, crank, crystal, ice or glass. It is used to increase energy level and elevate mood. Meth is made illegally in labs by altering over-the-counter drugs. Meth looks like crystals; clear and solid. Methamphetamine can also be a crystalline white powder that is odorless.

Short Term Effects

  • Increased mood
  • Decreased tiredness or fatigue
  • Increased activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Euphoria, or intense feelings of well being
  • Increased respiration
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hyperthermia, or elevated body temperature

Long Term Effects

  • Addiction
  • Paranoia, hallucinations, and repetitive motor activity
  • Changes in brain structure/function
  • Deficits in thinking and motor skills
  • Distracted easily
  • Memory loss
  • Violent behavior
  • Dental problems
  • Severe weight loss

How it affects people

Three Categories of Addiction

Low-Intensity Meth Abuse:

They snort or smoke meth to get a rush to help them stay awake or get more energy to complete a task, or they want the appetite-suppressant effect to lose weight. They are one step away form being "binge" addicts.

Binge Meth Abuse:

They smoke or inject meth with a needle. This allows them to get a more intense dose of the drug, causing a stronger "rush." This rush is psychologically addictive, and they are on the verge of being high-intensity abusers.

High-Intensity Abuse:

They are addicted to meth and are known as "speed freaks." They spend all of their time preventing a crash, which is the feeling after a high. In order to feel the desired outcome from the drug, these users have to take more and more. Each meth high is less than the one before it causing the user to become even more addicted with each use.

Interesting Facts

1. An overuse of meth can cause convulsions.

2. This drug can actually make the brain work faster, but this has negative effects like shivering, excessive sweating, and other things.

3. Having methamphetamine ingested orally or injected will make the person experience its effects for 6 to 8 hours while for those who inhale it will be 10 to 12 hours.