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Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II
Other names for Methamphetamine (Meth)
Mexico-based drug traffickers are the primary manufacturers and distributors of methamphetamine, or meth, throughout most U.S. cities. Meth is a powerful stimulant that impacts the central nervous system. Many users say they became addicted to meth after their first use of the drug.
Meth comes in various shapes and sizes. It can be in a pill or powder form, or crystal meth, which resembles glass fragments.
Chronic meth users can exhibit violent behavior, insomnia, anxiety, aggression, and experience sensory hallucinations.
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Created by a Japanese chemist in 1893, methamphetamine was originally developed as a treatment for narcolepsy, asthma and as a weight-loss drug. During World War II, many soldiers used meth to stay awake for long periods of time. Ritalin and Adderall are related, FDA-approved drugs used to treat ADHD.
Meth can be smoked, injected, swallowed or snorted. Users report that smoking or injecting meth provides an intense and immediate rush, while swallowing or snorting meth produces a long-lasting high. Both outcomes are believed to be the result of high levels of dopamine being released into the brain.
Still, many meth users develop a pattern of binge and crash, where they continuously take the drug to maintain a high.
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Actor Robert Downey, Jr. was arrested in 2000 on possession of methamphetamine and cocaine. He eventually went to rehab.
The current average price for a gram of crystal meth is $50.
The only legal meth product in the United States is Desoxyn and is used to treat obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.