Methamphetamine

What exactly is meth?

Methamphetamine is synthetic drug usually made up of chemical substances from different everyday products. It's a Schedule II stimulant drug, and it's extremely addictive. It's a white, crystalline powder and it can be taken using many different methods. It can be taken orally, smoked, snorted, or even dissolved into water and then injected.

There is WHAT in meth?!

Meth literally contains chemicals from everyday substances that you would never consider ingesting otherwise. These ingredients include but are not limited to psuedoephedrine (cold medicine ingredient), batter acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, antifreeze, and other harmful chemicals. It's a very difficult and dangerous process, as it is highly explosive and can injure/kill in an instant.

It's called what?

Methamphetamine has many different street names, including meth, crystal, chalk, crank, speed, G, white cross, ice cream, cookies, junk, scooby snax, and ice.

How do you get it, and what happens if you're caught?

It's made in small illegal labs, as the drug is very illegal unless prescribed by  a doctor. Even then, the prescription cannot be refilled. Possession, sale, and manufacturing are all illegal and punishable by fines, misdemeanors, prison time, or felony conviction, depending on the amount you have. Even greater penalties apply if a person is convicted not simply of possessing meth, but of possessing it with the intent to sell or traffic it. For example, under federal law, a first conviction for simple meth possession can result in “a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year'.

What exactly does it do, and what is it really used for?

Meth is almost always taken specifically for the high it creates. When you ingest meth, it increases the amount of neurotransmitter dopamine, leading to high levels in the brain. Dopamine is involved with the experience of pleasure, reward, motor function, and motivation. Meth causes the ability to release the dopamine rapidly in the reward regions, causing a rush or flash euphoria.

What happens to me now, and what about down the road?

Short term effects of methamphetamine are immediate. It creates an intense euphoria, and then it fades quickly. This leads to a common 'binge and crash' method of ingesting meth. In time, the long term effects that are created include anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood swings, violence, psychosis paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions.

Who usually uses it, and what are symptoms that someone may be using meth?

More than 85% of meth in the US comes from superlabs in California and Mexico. The United States government reported in 2008 that approximately 13 million people over the age of 12 have used methamphetamine—and 529,000 of those are regular users. It is a drug widely abused in the Czech Republic. You can usually tell if someone is on meth by looking at physical traits, such as at their teeth, trembling and shaking, vomiting, insomnia, tolerance, addiction, and open sores. You can also identify a use by behavior such as irritability, euphoria, overall sense of well being, depression, and anxiety.

So...can I undo the damage after I've taken meth?

There are no specific 'antidotes' for meth. There are steps you can take, including therapies and interventions, to begin the journey of rehabilitation, but there are things that happen to your body that simply cannot be undone, such as physical things like 'meth mouth' and heart and other major organ problems.

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