Methamphetamine Drug Facts

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Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant and a highly addictive drug that directly affects the central nervous system. It is chemically similar to the drug - Amphetamine. Meth is used to treat disorders like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, and stress disorders by providing calmness and relaxation. It should be strictly taken under medical prescription. A small amount of overdose may cause serious problems.

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Methamphetamine Abuse

They are bluish-white rocks that look like fragments of glass. The color of the substance determines the concentration and the accuracy of the drug. The more the intensity of the color, the more will be the strength of the drug. People either smoke, snort or inject the drug at their convenience. Abusers may take repeated doses of methamphetamine, giving up food and their health. The U.S government has listed methamphetamine under Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. A standard 5 panel drug test for screening employees might help the employers to track meth abuse.

Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse

  • Extreme loss of weight
  • Dependency and Addiction
  • Dental floss (Meth mouth)
  • Patchy skin and itchy skin
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Lack of active brain functioning.
  • Delusions
  • Loss of memory
  • Insomnia
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia 
  • Lack of concentration and living in an imaginary world.
  • Changes in the dopamine system
  • High risk of Parkinson’s disease (Overdose for a prolonged time)

According to some trusted sources, of all the overdose deaths in 2017, nearly 15% of the deaths is because of a methamphetamine overdose. Extreme or continuous usage of methamphetamine may lead to coma or death.

Methamphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Increase in appetite
  • Confusion and stress
  • Lack of sexual desire.
  • Aggression
  • Irritation
  • Weakness
  • Lack of responsibility
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Moderate to high fever.

The withdrawal symptoms may stay for two to three weeks. For some, it may even take months to recover from the symptoms. It is based on the usage and amount of intake of meth.

Methamphetamine overdose treatment

It is expected that Meth overdose may lead to heart attack and stroke. So, doctors focus on providing medicines to suppress the symptoms of heart attack and stroke.


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