Methamphetamine "Meth" Addiction

Methamphetamine or "Meth" is a white odorless crystal like powder that is highly addictive and affects the central nervous system. Meth differs from amphetamine because it is taken in much larger doses and creates more impacts to the brain. A powerful stimulant, meth is often abused in a binge and crash pattern, because the “high” disappears quickly.

Other names used for Meth:

  • Speed
  • Crank
  • tweek
  • Crystal
  • Chalk

Effects of Meth Usage

Short-term side effects of Meth use:

  • wakefulness
  • decreased appetite
  • rapid heart rate
  • increased blood pressure.
  • elevated body temperature

Long-term side effects of Meth use:

  • psychosis
  • hallucinations
  • changes in brain structure and function
  • aggressive or violent behavior
  • organ damage
  • malnutrition
  • severe tooth decay
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