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What is Meth Addiction?

Jul 19, 2008
Methamphetamine, referred to on the street as 'Ice', is the drug of choice for modern party-going young adults.

Australia has the unhappy privilege of leading the world in meth usage (followed very closely by New Zealand) but most parents and community leaders don't have a clue what they are dealing with.

Methamphetamine is an habit-forming substance that is very closely related to amphetamine, but has longer lasting and more poisonous effects on the central nervous system. It has a high likelihood for abuse and dependence. Methamphetamine use is on the rise around the country. It has reached epidemic proportions mainly because it is easy to make using common household ingredients.

Meth is frequently referred to as speed, chalk, ice, crystal, and glass. The drug increases wakefulness and physical restlessness and decreases hunger. Chronic, long-term use can lead to psychotic actions, hallucinations, and stroke. People who use meth often don't sleep, often for days on end. They lose weight quickly because the drug lessens the appetite.

Meth abusers regularly loose some of their teeth, look lean, and will have ulcers on their body from nervous energy they are desperate to get rid of. National health statistics in America report that over 12 million individuals have tried methamphetamine, with many of them rapidly becoming addicted to the drug.

Methamphetamine is taken orally, intra-nasally (snorting the powder), by needle injection, or by smoking. Abusers may become addicted rapidly, needing higher doses and more often.

Methamphetamine is a cause of the issue of very high levels of the natural brain chemical dopamine, which stimulates brain cells, escalating mood and body activity. Chronic methamphetamine abuse significantly changes how the brain works. Animal research going back more than 30 years proves that high doses of methamphetamine harm neuron cell endings.

Dopamine and serotonin-containing neurons do not die after methamphetamine use, but their nerve endings ("terminals") are cut back, and re-growth seems to be limited. Human cerebral imaging studies have shown alterations in the activity of the dopamine structure. These changes are pertaining to lessened mechanical speed and weakened oral knowledge.

Recent studies in persistent methamphetamine addicts has also shown severe structural and operative changes in sectors of the brain related to emotion and recollection, which may account for many of the emotional and intellectual problems found in habitual methamphetamine users.

Taking even tiny quantities of methamphetamine can cause elevated respiration, fast cardiac rate, fluctuating heartbeat, increased hypertension, and hyperthermia. Other effects of methamphetamine misuse may include touchiness, fretfulness, wakefulness, confusion, tremors, fits, and heart collapse and death. As we've by now indicated, long-term effects may include suspicion, hostility, intense anorexia, memory loss, visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, and severe dental problems. Also, communication of HIV and hepatitis B and C can be a consequence of methamphetamine abuse.

Among abusers who inject the drug, infection with HIV and other infectious sicknesses is shared mainly through the re-use of contaminated syringes, needles, and alternate injection equipment by more than one person. The hallucinogenic effects of methamphetamine, though, whether it is injected or taken different ways, can modify discernment and inhibition and lead people to involve themselves in unsafe actions.

Methamphetamine misuse in reality may worsen the development of HIV and its consequences; research with methamphetamine users who have HIV indicate that the HIV causes greater neuronal harm and intellectual damage compared with HIV-positive people who do not use drugs.

Meth is a scary drug with appalling health implications. It is easy to manufacture, reasonably cheap to buy, and one of the most deadly types of unlawful drug ever to hit the streets.
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