Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) is a dangerous illicit drug that has some similarities to cocaine and other stimulants. Nicknames include meth, crank, chalk, ice, and glass. Crystal meth can be abused by people of all ages and ethnicities, but is most frequently used as a club or party drug. The drug is a poison that initially works as a stimulant but soon after begins to systematically destroy the mind and body. Meth is associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior and potential heart and brain damage. The drug often causes serious negative long term changes to a user’s behavior—and sometimes appearance.
Hyperthermia and convulsions may occur with methamphetamine overdose, and if not treated immediately, can result in death.
Ampthetamines are a related class of stimulants, although not identical. The street version—speed—can become addictive, but prescription ampthetamines can also be abused. Prescribed ampthetamines include:
Some of the signs of Methanmphetamine and Amphetamine use—including rapid pulse, impaired speech, dizziness, shallow breathing, insomnia, dry mouth, and constipation—are the same, but methanmphetamines tend to be stronger and is rarely, if ever, prescribed by modern medical doctors. Desoxyn, a diet pill, is a prescription methanmphetamine.
The euphoric effects of crystal meth and methamphetamine are due to the release of extremely high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is involved in the experience of pleasure and is a common theme with many commonly abused drugs. The amplified discharge of dopamine produced by methamphetamine is also thought to contribute to the drug’s toxic effects on nerve terminals in the brain.
At high doses, methamphetamine can induce stereotypy and psychosis.
The best treatments currently tend to be behavioral and therapeutic.
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