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Information on Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, otherwise known as Meth for short, is a type of amphetamine that affects people based on how potent the drug is. The drug is considered a Class A drug, meaning that it is illegal to be in possession, to sell, and to buy Methamphetamine. If you are found in possession of Meth, then you will be fined for an unlimited amount, and/or will put in jail for seven years. When found supplying someone with Methamphetamine, you will be incarcerated for life and/or have an unlimited fine. Any convictions for drug-related offenses will stop you from visiting certain countries.

Ways of Taking Methamphetamine

There are six ways to take Methamphetamine, including:

  • Swallowing
  • Smoking
  • Snorting
  • "Hot Rail" (Putting a short glass stem over fire and inhaling the vapor of the Methamphetamine)
  • "Booty Bumping" (sticking a needle up that area)
  • Slamming (injection straight into the veins)

Stages of Taking Methamphetamine

There are 7 stages for taking Methamphetamine

Step 1: The Rush

The Rush involves the user's heartbeat accelerating and the metabolism, blood pressure, and pulse increasing sharply. This lasts for approximately 30 minutes.

Step 2: The High

Also known as "The Shoulder", the High gives the user a sudden feeling of being incredibly smart, and they become very argumentative within the process. Along with this, users also focus on one specific task, and stay on that task for several hours. The High lasts for about four to sixteen hours.

Step 3: The Binge

The Binge is described as an uncontrolled urge to use more of a drug. In this case, the urge to use more Methamphetamine. As the user takes more and more of Methamphetamine, the amount of usage increases due to a lower feeling of the Rush and High at the normal amounts.

Step 4: Tweaking

Tweaking is the point where the normal amount of Methamphetamine used by a user is no longer capable to feel the desired rush and high, and results in the user having a crave for more of the Methamphetamine. The user becomes enveloped in his/her own little world, and experiences extreme hallucinations, and self-mutilation can occur.

Step 5: The Crash

The Crash occurs when the user's body can no longer handle the effects of the drug, and the body shuts down. This step makes even the most addicted users appear to be lifeless. This lasts one to three days.

Step 6: Meth Hangover

People who experience this step become in a deteriorated state, and their emotional state becomes utterly exhausted. In the end, this leads to the user to taking more and more Meth. This hangover can last from two to fourteen days.

Step 7: Withdrawal

After not experiencing the effects of Meth between 30 to 90 days, an addict finally realizes that he is in withdrawal, and becomes depressed. A little while afterwards, the craving for Methamphetamine returns, and the addict often becomes suicidal. Meth withdrawal is extremely painful, which is the reason why people often revert back to taking Methamphetamine.

Some affects of Methamphetamine

The effects that come with taking Methamphetamine include:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Alertness
  • Paranoia
  • Increased Activity and Arousal
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Increased Risk of Heart Attack due to Increase in Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

All of the mentioned effects of Methamphetamine last over long periods of time, and only get better if the user stays off the drug for long periods of time.

Risks involved with Methamphetamine

Some risks that are involved with Methamphetamine are:

  • Psychosis: the mental state of believing things that are not true and losing reality
  • Brain damage, unless the user stays off the drug for long periods of time
  • Lung, Kidney, and Gastrointestinal Damage
  • If in case of overdoses: Stroke, Coma and/or Death
  • Lowered Inhibitions: losing self-awareness and partaking in risky activities, such as unsafe sex

Names of Methamphetamine

The multiple names of Methamphetamine include:

  • Yaba
  • Tina and Christine
  • Meth
  • Ice
  • Glass
  • Frank
  • Smurf Dope
  • Shnizzie Snort
  • Sweetness
  • Yammer Bammer
  • Tweedle Doo