As a public service,. Narconon Drug Rehab of Georgia reveals facts about methamphetamine.
Mary Rieser, CCDC, and Executive Director of Narconon Drug Rehab in Georgia, explains that public awareness should be raised about one of the most highly addictive and dangerous drugs used by to drug addicts:
"Methamphetamine use has grabbed the headlines as toxic meth labs in decent neighborhoods have been seized. Methamphetamines are called the Devil’s drug or Hitler’s revenge for good reason. The evils of this drug are not comfortable to face, but the fate of methamphetamine users and their families is far more uncomfortable if the drug use does not stop. Like it or not, this society must deal with the hard core facts of methamphetamines and the trail of devastation they leave behind. if we are to prevent the coming of a new 'Ice Age'.
"Inform yourself of these basic facts about methamphetamines as written below. And remember, if you are affected by this drug in some way, we can help."
From its parent drug, "amphetamine," methamphetamine developed early in this century and was originally used as nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. It's chemical structure is closely related to amphetamine, however, methamphetamine has a more pronounced and dangerous affect on the central nervous system. As with amphetamine use, it causes an increase in energy, a decrease in appetite, and produces an overwhelming feeling of well being.
After the "rush," the effects can last 6 to 8 hours. In some individuals after the initial "rush" there may result a state of high agitation that can lead to violent behavior and the inability to complete simple cycles of action
Methamphetamines are synthetic amphetamines or stimulants that are produced and sold illegally in pill form, capsules, powder and chunks. They stimulate the central nervous system by creating toxic effects on nerve terminals and are extremely addictive. Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected, snorted, and is easily dissolvable in water or alcohol where it can be swallowed. It is a white or off-white colored, sometimes odorless, and bitter-tasting crystalline powder, sometimes looking like shards of glass.
Long-term methamphetamine abuse results in many damaging effects, including addiction. Addiction is chronic and relapsing, characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and drug use. In addition to being addicted to methamphetamine, chronic methamphetamine abusers exhibit symptoms that can include violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. They also can display a number of psychotic features, including paranoia, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects creeping on the skin, which is called “formication”). The paranoia can result in homicidal as well as suicidal thoughts.
High doses can elevate body temperature to dangerous, sometime lethal, levels as well as cause convulsion.
After the effects of meth wears off, it can cause severe withdrawal that is more intense and longer lasting than both speed and cocaine. These withdrawal symptoms can include depression, anxiety, fatigue, paranoia, aggression and an intense craving for the drug.
Methamphetamines may be known as meth, crank, glass, speed, crystal, ice, batu, chalk, or zin.
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