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Methamphetamine

 

About Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive synthetic stimulant that affects the pleasure centers of the brain. It is considered one of the most highly addictive substances known.

Methamphetamine abuse leads to devastating medical, psychological, and social consequences. Adverse health effects include memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, heart damage, malnutrition, and severe dental problems.1

Methamphetamine acts by increasing the release of of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria followed by a "crash" that often leads to increased use of the drug and eventually to difficulty feeling any pleasure at all, especially from natural rewards.

Watch 'Brain & Behavior' to see the impact of methamphetamine on the brain. Developed by UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, a leading research institution on the subject of methamphetamine and Eyes of the World Media Group 'Brain & Behavior' provides an inside view of a brain on Meth.

THE METH PROJECT

This fact sheet provides an overview and background on methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine Impact: National Statistics

The abuse of methamphetamine—a potent and highly addictive psychostimulant—continues to be a very serious problem in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Methamphetamine abuse leads to devastating medical, psychological, and social consequences. Adverse health effects include memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, heart damage, malnutrition, and severe dental problems. Methamphetamine abuse also contributes to increased transmission of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS, and increases in crime, unemployment, child neglect or abuse, as well as other social ills.

Scope of the Problem

12.6 million Americans have used methamphetamine, a drug considered more addictive than heroin, and a significant contributor to crime in America.ii According to RAND, Meth abuse costs the U.S. an estimated $16.2 billion to $48.3 billion annually.

Recent trends are raising new concerns about this deadly drug:

• Meth in the U.S. is at the highest levels of availability and purity, and lowest cost since 2005 largely due to trafficking by the Mexican cartels, now the #1 source for all Meth sold in the U.S. Traffickers have also developed systems to elude tracking pseudoephedrine systems (used to make Meth). There is now a highly lucrative black market for pseudoephedrine.

Follow this link for the full report: http://montana.methproject.org/documents/Meth%20Impact%20-%20National%20Statistics%20Final.pdf

Methamphetamine Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview and background on methamphetamine.

http://montana.methproject.org/documents/Fact%20Sheet_Methamphetamine.pdf

 

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