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Jersey City Methamphetamine: Use and Abuse

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Methamphetamine (meth) is a synthetic stimulant that affects central nervous system. It is a highly addictive drug that has many street names such as chalk, crystal, crank, ice, crystal meth and others. It takes the form of a white crystalline powder, crystals or pills. Meth can be smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected.

Methamphetamine use and abuse

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant. Usually, doctors use medical meth to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity. People, most commonly, abuse meth for recreation. People who use meth can experience a feeling of well-being, can be more energetic or talkative. Contact Jersey City Drug Treatment Centers to learn more about the use and abuse of medical meth.

The misuse of meth for recreational purposes can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Frequently, people abuse meth by snorting, smoking or by injecting the drug to experience the rush, in other words, to feel high. The so-called rush is caused by a flow of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Meth remains in our brain for twelve hours. Hence, it has an extensive stimulant effect.

Methamphetamine abusers can experience a burst of energy, and irritability. They can go without food or sleep for hours or even days. The abuse of meth can lead to anxiety, change of personality and violent behavior.

Side effects

The use of meth leads to different negative consequences. Like any other drug, the effects of meth can occur immediately or can be delayed. Meth side effects vary from case to case. It depends on the user’s genetic and psychological state, environment, the dosage of the drug, and the length it was taken.

Short-term side effects may include:

  • sleep problems
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • confusion
  • headaches
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • paranoia

Long-term effects include:

  • weight loss
  • depression
  • breathing problems
  • suicidal thoughts
  • several kinds of infections if injected
  • lung, liver and kidney conditions
  • meth dependence and other uncomfortable symptoms.

If you feel any of these symptoms call Jersey City Drug Treatment Centers at 201-620-9141. Our experts will consult you and suggest an appropriate treatment for you.

 

References

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-methamphetamine

https://www.drugs.com/methamphetamine.html

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