Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, is an illegal and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that’s often sold as a white, bitter-tasting, odorless crystalline powder. Originally used as an ingredient in nasal decongestants and other medications that act on the respiratory system, methamphetamine is more powerful than other stimulants. Meth causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Meth is abused for its stimulating effects, which include increased activity, a reduced appetite, and euphoria.
Methamphetamine is also known as speed, crank, and meth. Crystal methamphetamine, better known as crystal meth, is methamphetamine in the form of a rock-like crystal.
Chronic abuse of meth causes a number of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse¹. Other long-term health effects include psychosis, hallucinations, and paranoia as well as mood disturbances, aggression, and violent behaviors. Long-term effects on cognitive function include memory loss, problems with thinking and processing information, and a decrease in motor skills.
In addition to devastating effects on long-term health, meth is known for its ravaging effects on the physical appearance of chronic users. According to the clinical journal American Family Physician², the severe dental and skin problems related to meth are thought to be largely the result of malnutrition.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamines in the past month. Each year, methamphetamine substance abuse leads to hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits. Each year, meth abuse also leads to thousands of deaths.
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