Feeling & Behavior• Methamphetamine can be taken through smoking,injection, intranasally or taken orally• It is a white, odorless and bitter powder that dissolvesin water• Immediate effects after smoking or “shooting up”include a sensation called a “rush” which is only felt fora couple minutes. After the rush there is often highagitation• When snorting or swallowing, there is a feeling ofeuphoria, but not a rush• Short term effects include alertness, anxiety andirritability
Body & Brain• Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant• Increases the release of dopamine, but blocks thereuptake inhibitors• The quick ability to discharge dopamine rewards thepleasure centers of the brain• Even in small dosages, symptoms after using mayinclude decreased appetite, increased respiration,irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and a rapidheart rate• Meth can cause aggression and may lead to violent orrisky behaviors
Long Term Effects• Methamphetamine abuse can lead to chronic addiction• Addiction is defined as a chronic relapsing diseasecharacterized by compulsive drug seeking and chemicalchanges in the brain• Repeated use is shown to reveal severe structural andfunctional changes in the emotional and memory partsof the brain• “Binging”: Using every few hours until the drug runsout, relying on it to keep them still operative
Long Term Effects• Often experiences delusions such as insects crawlingunder the skin• Extreme weight loss, severe dental problems “methmouth”• Mood disturbances and violent behavior• Paranoia, hallucinations and compulsive behavior• Long term use and high dosages can lead to full blownpsychosis• Strokes & death• HIV is a big consequence of meth usage, because of howeasily transmitted it is through unsterile needles
Routinelyprescribed in1950s as anantidepressantand diet aid.Amphetamine was first synthesized in1887, and methamphetamine wasdiscovered in 1919.By 1943, both drugs were widelyavailable to treat a range ofdisorders, including narcolepsy,depression, obesity, alcoholism andADHDPharmaceutical amphetamine is availableby prescription under a number of brandnamesFun Facts(for a not sofun drug)Pharmaceuticalmethamphetamine is stillavailable legally but onlyrarely prescribed to treatsevere obesity, narcolepsyand ADHD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRdYfD6nKF4&list=PLBB8491C47695E828The Meth Project was established by Thomas M.Siebel in 2005 as a response to the growing Methepidemic in the United States. Today, the Meth Projectis a program of the national nonprofit organization ThePartnership at Drugfree.org. The Meth Project is alarge prevention program with the goal of reducingMeth use through public service messaging, publicpolicy, and community outreach.
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