WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE?
Methamphetamine or meth is a highly addictive and potent stimulant that gives users an intense high, seemingly unlimited energy and a decreased need for food or sleep. Often produced in clandestine labs using a variety of hazardous chemicals, meth occurs in a powder form that resembles crystals or shards of ice and can be smoked, snorted, injected or eaten. As with other illicitly-produced substances, it’s impossible to know the quality or purity of methamphetamine, making it difficult for users to gauge how much of the drug they’re consuming or what dangerous by-products they’re ingesting in the process. This poses an extreme risk to an individual’s health and well-being, increasing the likelihood of unwanted side effects, overdose and death.
When consumed, meth acts on the central nervous system and creates a surge or rush of euphoria, followed by hours of increased activity levels, racing thoughts and an elevated mood. The methamphetamine is a long-acting drug and the high can be extended to last for days, during which time users don’t sleep and often begin to become paranoid or anxious. Severe psychological effects that include hallucinations, delusions and psychosis are not uncommon as long periods of excitability, sleep deprivation and elevated dopamine levels in the brain negatively affect one’s mental state and overall health.