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Methamphetamine (Meth)

Sounds Like: meh.tham.feh.tuh.meen

Classification: stimulant

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II

Other names for Methamphetamine (Meth)

  • blade
  • crank
  • crystal
  • dunk
  • ice
  • shards
  • speed
  • tweak

Methamphetamine (Meth) Addiction

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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Intended Use of Methamphetamine (Meth)

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.

How Methamphetamine (Meth) Is Taken

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.

Side Effects of
Methamphetamine (Meth)

  • Rapid breathing
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Intense itching
  • Severe dental problems

Signs of an
Addiction to Methamphetamine (Meth)

Weight loss

Acne or sores

Paranoia

Aggression

Visual and auditory hallucinations

Mood swings

Insomnia

Decreased appetite

Intense scratching

Rotted teeth

Methamphetamine (Meth)
Abuse Facts

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.