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What are Methamphetamines?

What are methamphetamines? How do they affect the nervous system and body? What are the different street names for meth? Are there any medical usages to methamphetamines? What is the historic past of meth in the US? What are the different forms of methamphetamines?

What is the Classification of Meth?

Methamphetamines are a controlled substance that are classified as a stimulant. There are to sides to methamphetamines there is the highly addictive and deadly form of meth and then there is the side of meth that has been used to treat ADHD, obese patients to loose weight, and even narcolepsy. 

What are the Different Forms of Methamphetamines?

Methamphetamines are stimulants that speed up the body’s nervous system that often comes in pill, powder, or crystal form. The most common forms of ingesting meth are be via smoking, snorting, and injection. Meth is an odorless, bitter, and can be dissolved into liquid. 

What Does Meth do the Brain and Nervous System?

When meth enters the body it causes a rush of dopamine, dopamine is a chemical that your body produces that essentially creates and assist in inducing feelings of pleasure, motivation, memory detention, and learning. For more information on the effects of meth on the brain and body, follow the link.

What are the Street Names for Meth?

Methamphetamines has a lot of “street names”, it is known as: 

  • Meth 
  • Speed 
  • Ice 
  • Shards 
  • Bikers Coffee 
  • Stove Top 
  • Tweak 
  • Yaba 
  • Trash 
  • Chalk 
  • Crystal 
  • Crank 
  • Shabu 
  • Glass 
  • Redneck cocaine 
  • Blue 

What are the Most Common Effects of Meth? 

  • Highly addictive 
  • Agitation, increased heart rate and blood pressure 
  • Increased respiration and body temperature 
  • Anxiety, paranoia 
  • High doses can cause convulsions, cardiovascular collapse, stroke or death. 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Tremors 

Long Term Effects:

  • Extreme weight loss 
  • Addiction
  • Severe dental problems often referred to as “meth mouth” 
  • Intense itching, leading to skin sores from scratching 
  • Anxiety 
  • Changes in brain structure and function 
  • Confusion 
  • Memory loss 
  • Sleeping problems 
  • Violent behavior 
  • Paranoia- extreme and unreasonable distrust of others 
  • Hallucination- sensations and images that see, real though they aren’t 

Medical Usages: 

The brand Desoxyn ® is the prescription brand that is used to treat obesity and ADHD. It is chemically similar to amphetamines. 

Meth’s History in the US:

Methamphetamine was originally prescribed as a decongestant and weight loss aid. Prior to 1970 methamphetamines were legally available in both pill and injectable forms in the US. After 1970’s the FDA restricted and regulated the drug because of its stimulant effects and the fact that many people had been abusing the drug. 

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