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Methamphedamines Drug Research

health class drug research project
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Darcy Muns

on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of Methamphedamines Drug Research

Methamphedamines
(Meth) Also known as? There are many other names for
methamphedamines. Some of these are
Bikers Coffee, Black Beauties, Chalk, Chicken
Feed, Crank, Crystal, Glass, Go-Fast, Hiropon,
Ice, Meth, Methlies Quick, Poor Man's Cocaine, Shabu, Shards, Speed, Stove Top, Tina, Trash, Tweak, Uppers, Ventana, Vidrio, Yaba, and
Yellow Bam What is meth? Meth is a synthetic, or man made, stimulant that targets the central nervous system. What are the risks
of taking meth? Some of the risks of taking meth are:
Short term
•Increased energy and alertness
•Diarrhea and nausea
•Excessive sweating
•Loss of appetite, insomnia, tremors, jaw-clenching
•Agitation, irritability, talkativeness, panic, compulsive fascination with repetitive tasks, violence, confusion
•Increased blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, blood sugar levels
•Constriction of the walls of the arteries How addictive is
meth? Meth is a extremely
addictive drug. Long Term
•Tolerance (needing more of the drug to get the same effect)
•Drug craving
•Temporary weight loss
•Withdrawal symptoms including depression and anhedonia
•"Meth Mouth" where teeth rapidly decay and fall out
•Drug-related psychosis (may last for months or years after drug use is discontinued)
Overdose effects
•Brain damage
•Sensation of flesh crawling (formication)
•Paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, tension headache
•Muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) which can lead to kidney damage or failure
•Death due to stroke, cardiac arrest or elevated body temperature (hyperthermia) What are the
consequences/laws
of taking meth? Some of the consequences or laws of
taking meth are, if you are charged with using meth, one year in prison and/or 2,000$ fine, if charged with possession, 10 years in prison and/or 15,000$ fine, and dealing and/or manufacturing meth is 20 years in prison and/or 25,000$ fine. What help is
available to stop
taking meth? How does meth
effect the brain? Meth targets the neurotransmitter dopamine (which helps with motivation, reward, the experience of pleasure, and moter function. Also, meth changes how the brain functions. Moter skills reduce and verbal learning is affected. How does meth
enter your body? Meth enters your body in many
ways. Some of these ways are by
being injected, snorted, inhaled, or
by being taken in pill form. Is meth a
stimulant or
a depressant? Meth is a major stimulant. It
is a stimulant because it speeds up
the central nervous system and
dirrectly effects the brain and
spinal cord. Where can you
find this drug, and
how is it made? Why is meth use so prevelant? How much
does meth cost? How much does
meth cost? Methamphetamine is domestically produced and imported into the U.S. in already processed form. Once dominated by motorcycle gangs and other local producers in remote areas of California and the Pacific Northwest, the market now includes both local producers and Mexican sources providing finished product to stateside distributors. Methamphetamine epidemic stems from
two problems:
•steadily increasing imports of meth by
organized trafficking groups like gangs
• manufacturing of methamphetamine by
hundreds of users/dealers in small home labs. Meth in the news: There are literally thousands of recipes and information about making meth on the Internet. An investment of a few hundred dollars in over-the-counter medications and chemicals can produce thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine. The drug can be made in a makeshift "lab" that can fit into a suit case. The average meth "cook" annually teaches ten other people how to make the drug. $25 per 1/4 gram
$ 100 per gram
$1700 per ounce Who is using meth? Under 18 years old: 24%
18-23 years old: 35%
23-30 years old: 19%
30-40 years old: 13%
Over 40 years old: 6% 1/4 of a gram of meth costs $20.
1 gram costs $80.
1/2 of a gram costs $40. Monday September 26, 2012, authorities in Three Rivers Michigan reports an unidentified man dieing in a suspected methamphetamine explosion. There are a few ways to help those addicted or dependent on meth, one of those ways is CBT, or Cognitive behavioral therapy, this is a talking therapy that works toward helping the subject to manage unhealthful patterns of thinking and behavior.
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