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What Is Methamphetamine?

Meth or Methamphetamine is a drug that stimulates the user's nervous system. It may be legally prescribed by a doctor to treat certain conditions, such as obesity and ADD (attention deficit disorders). The form of meth that is cause for concern is the type being manufactured and distributed illegally.

This drug is available in the form of a powder, crystals ("ice"), or a rock. Meth is known by a number of names, including:

  • Crystal
  • Speed
  • Ice
  • Crank

Meth is a highly-addictive substance that gives the user a feeling of euphoria when smoked or injected. It works on the person's metabolism and gives it a boost. As a result, a meth user feels a heightened sense of alertness, along with increased aggression and paranoia. These conditions are very similar to those experienced by a person using cocaine, but meth offers a longer-lasting "high" at a cheaper price. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the "poor man's cocaine."

Many first-time users of meth get hooked on the drug the first time they try it. Once the high wears off, the user experiences a feeling of emptiness and a deep dissatisfaction with life. To deal with these feelings, the individual turns to the drug to feel better. After a binge on meth, the user often crashes and can sleep for 24-72 hours at a time.

Meth users often lose weight very rapidly. They have very noticeable body odor and bad breath. Rotten teeth and hair loss are other symptoms of meth use to be on the lookout for. Meth is a very toxic substance, and users may develop sores on the skin, which are known as "meth mites. Lack of energy and listlessness are also signs that a person may be using meth.

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