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Transcript of Methamphetamine
Pros and Cons
can be prescribed by a doctor
prescribed doses are much lower than those abused
treatment of narcolepsy, ADD, and obesity
pilots and soldiers commonly use many types of amphetamines to stay awake
preferred because it enters the brain more rapidly and it produces more intense effects
In 1996, sold for $200 to $450 per gram, $5,000 to $8,500 per ounce and $35,000 to $50,000 per kilogram.
What is Meth?
Odorless, white, bitter crystalline powder
Soluble in water and alcohol
Can be taken orally, intranasally (snorting the powder), by needle injection, or by smoking.
effects the central nervous system
Schedule II drug
Increases dopamine (involved in reward, motivation, experiencing pleasure, and motor function)
Causes a sensation of intense euphoria (“rush")
results are reduced motor skills, impaired verbal learning, and severe structural and functional changes in parts of the brain associated with emotion and memory
methamphetamine is highly addictive
30-90 days can pass after the last drug use before the abuser realizes that he is in withdrawal
he becomes depressed, loses his energy, and the ability to experience pleasure
The craving for more meth hits, and the abuser often becomes suicidal
Withdrawal is extremely painful and difficult
93% of those in traditional treatment return to abusing meth.
Jodie Sweetin, a child actress that portayed Stephanie Tanner on "Full House" is a recovering meth addict.
New ephedrine-based methamphetamine has a usage pattern unlike that of traditional methamphetamine or crack cocaine
produces a reaction far more severe than crack cocaine, with sleepless binges that last up to 15 days and end with sudden crashes
Chronic, high-dose meth abusers inject methamphetamine every 2 to 3 hours (often as much as 1,000 milligrams each time)
Christina, Tina, Cris, Cristy
Chalk, Chalk Dust
Cookies, cotton candy, chunky love
Gotgo, G, Go-go juice
When you use the drug, your metabolism, blood pressure and pulse soar. Unlike the rush associated with crack, (2-5 minutes) the methamphetamine rush can continue for up to thirty minutes.
The rush is followed by a high, (aka “the shoulder”). During the high, the abuser often
feels aggressively smarter
becomes argumentative (often interrupting other people and finishing their sentences)
becoming intensely focused on an insignificant item (repeatedly cleaning the same window for several hours)
lasts from 4-16 hours
In Beamount, three were arrested at a motel when a meth lab was found in the room
uncontrolled use of the drug
abuser’s urge to maintain the high
usually lasts 3-15 days
the abuser becomes mentally and physically hyperactive
Each time the abuser smokes or injects more of the drug, he experiences another but smaller rush
eventually there is no rush and no high
most dangerous phase
condition reached at the end of a binge when methamphetamine no longer provides a high
abuser loses his sense of identity
Unable to sleep for days at a time
Intense itching is common)
the abuser is often in a completely psychotic state (seeing and hearing things that no one else can)
hallucinations are so vivid that they seem real
disconnected from reality, abusers can become hostile and dangerous to themselves and others (The potential for self-mutilation is high)
the body shuts down, unable to cope with the drug effects overwhelming it
results in a long period of sleep (almost lifeless)
can last one to three days
Deteriorated state, starved, dehydrated and exhausted (physically, mentally and emotionally)
Lasts 2-14 days
Leads to enforced addiction, as the “solution” to these feelings is to take more meth.
Another famous actor that abused meth was Robert Downey Jr.
Amy Winehouse had several arrests between 2006 and 2010 due to drug possesion. the combination of meth, heroine, and cocaine led to her death in 2011.
Prescribed for ADHD and obesity
effective stimulant for narcolepsy
helps with many neurological disorders
you get to meet new people
appearance of improved mental processing, physical strength, and emotional experience
complete tasks in no time!
make lots of money
easy to make at home
Dehydrates your body (lose up to 11% of your water weight)
acidic damage to your teeth, dry mouth (aka "meth mouth")
sleep for days at a time after crash
reduced motor and communication skills
psychotic state and disconnection from reality (paranoia and intense hallucinations)
stroke and increased risk of heart disease
hostility/ argumentative nature
high potential for self-mutilation
severe structural and functional changes in parts of the brain associated with emotion and memory
becoming intensely focused on an insignificant item
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White Cross, White Crunch