The Fact Sheet – 2: Facts about methamphetamine

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The Fact Sheet – 2: Facts about methamphetamine

The Fact Sheet - 2: Facts about methamphetamine

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Curiosity keeps us moving. A curious mind is the spark behind new ideas and discoveries. When we say ‘drug’, a lingering inquisitiveness keeps nudging us to learn more about a substance and its intoxicating effects. Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal or ice, is a popular drug that has been used and abused by people significantly. The irony, however, is that this drug is addictive in nature.

Meth was discovered in 1919. It is a crystalline drug that is abused by people to get high and pleasure. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2012, more than 12 million people tried methamphetamine at least once. The NSDUH data also revealed that 1.2 million people used methamphetamine in the year leading up to the survey. Here are some of the interesting facts about methamphetamine that would suffice one’s pursuit:

  • A prescription drug: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), although methamphetamine is rarely prescribed by a doctor, it can be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a Schedule II drug and can be bought only through a prescription that cannot be refilled. It is also used as a diet pill by women to lose weight.
  • Induces psychosis: Meth abuse can make a person lose contact with reality and can cause strong delusion, hallucinations, aggression and paranoia, among others.
  • Damages the brain: Meth can have significant impact on the brain and may cause memory loss, obsessive behavior, depression, lack of learning abilities, etc. Long-term use of the drug may cause irreversible harm and can damage a person’s ability to experience pleasure or regulate emotions.
  • Manufacturing of drug: The manufacturing process of methamphetamine is relatively plain and simple as compared to other drugs. The process is generally performed in laboratories, with fairly low-priced ingredients like pseudoephedrine.
  • Not instantly addictive: Unlike drugs such as heroin, cocaine or opioids, where there is possibility of users to get addicted to them instantly, meth is somewhat different. Most users do not get addicted to it instantly.
  • Used in World War II: The use of meth can be folded back to the pages of history. It was used in the World War II by Adolf Hitler on his military troops to enhance their performance on the battlefield.
  • A club drug: The use of meth is mostly found among young adults. The drug acts as a stimulant, giving its user a euphoric feeling with alertness to party continuously.
  • The meth mouth: Long-term exposure to meth dries up the salivary glands and can cause tooth decay. It shrinks the blood vessels leading to infection and several gum diseases.
  • Changes one’s appearance and behavior: Prolonged use of methamphetamine can ravage people’s appearance, making them look like zombies. Chronic users experience severe delusions and hallucinations and can have tooth decay, skin scars, etc. Its abuse raises the risk of having infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV.

Road to recovery

Meth is a highly addictive substance. However, meth addiction can be cured with effective treatments. If you or someone you know is struggling with a drug addiction, it is advisable to seek professional help before things run out of hand. You can get in touch with the Arizona Drug Addiction Helpline for getting information about the best drug rehabilitation center in Arizona. You may call our 24/7 helpline number 866-576-4147 or chat online to learn about one of the best drug addiction treatment centers in Arizona.

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