Methamphetamine is closely related chemically to amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of methamphetamine are greater. Both drugs have some medical uses, primarily in the treatment of obesity, but their therapeutic use is limited. Commonly known as meth, Methamphetamine or Desoxyn, is an appetite suppressant and a stimulant. It stimulates the nerves and brain, in other words, the central nervous system, by increasing certain chemicals. In addition to stimulating the central nervous system, it also elevates the heart rate and blood pressure and decreases inhibitions. Meth induces a feeling of well being as well as improves attention, alertness and performance on certain cognitive and motor tasks
Can People Use it Legitimately?
Many doctors are prescribing amphetamines are used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder. Some theories say that these drugs could help a hyperactive child by enhancing their ability to focus and with the goal to help him or her perform better in school. However rehabilitation programs such as Narconon as well as other facilities have reported that there is a definite connection between the abuses of stimulants with those who have been prescribed these drugs. Many children put on medication also experience dangerous side effects including anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, tremor, dizziness or headaches, dry mouth, insomnia, diarrhea or constipation. Because of the addictive qualities of these drugs, the side effects and the future addiction potential, it is best to try to treat this problem using alternative methods, if at all possible. There have been reported cases of teen suicides from withdrawal from amphetamines.
Additionally, meth is used to treat obesity however; the side effects and addictive potential usually take away from any potential to treat the problem.
Symptoms That Indicate A Loved Ones Needs Meth Addiction Treatment
Most of the time, the person suspected of meth abuse will display very different behavioral patterns or have symptoms that will help you to determine whether or not to seek help for them. The following are all psychological traits to watch for. They may display all or a combination of the following:
• Frequent violence
• Acting bizarre
• Excessively anxious
• Bouts of paranoia
• Hallucinations (visual & auditory)
• Mood disturbances
• Homicidal or suicidal thoughts
• Out of control rages
• Heightened sexuality
Health Risks of the Drug
Methamphetamine affects almost every major organ of the body. The medical complications of methamphetamine use are multiple and involve almost every major organ system. They are largely related to blood vessel constriction caused by the methamphetamine. This drug can affect the cardiovascular system and potential complications include rapid heart rate, irregular heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart attacks (due to constriction of the blood vessels to the heart), inflammation of the heart muscle, inflammation of the lining of the heart, and damage to blood vessels anywhere in the body. The central nervous system complications may include neuron loss and damage, seizures, chronic psychosis, movement disorders, strokes, and spontaneous brain bleeds.
The lungs can be affected as well because methamphetamine use can cause pulmonary edema (excess fluid on the lungs), constriction of the blood vessels in the lungs affecting oxygen exchange, and chronic lung disease.
Several other major organ systems can be affected including the kidneys, liver, muscles, and gastrointestinal system. Agitated delirium with sudden cardiac death has also been linked to methamphetamine abuse. Since all meth users suffer from “Crank Bugs”, they will have open sores. The chemicals used to manufacture meth are toxic to the human body. Once the drug is taken, the chemicals remain.
Other Risks: Crank Bugs
Since all meth users suffer from “Crank Bugs”, they will have open sores. The chemicals used to manufacture meth are toxic to the human body. Once the drug is taken, the chemicals remain. The body’s natural reaction is to try and eliminate the chemicals or toxins. Users will scratch and itch causing the open sores.
Meth Addiction Statistics
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, meth is second only to alcohol and marijuana as the drug most frequently used in many Western and Midwestern states. Approximately 4.9% of the US population 12 and older reported trying meth at least once. That is 11.7 million Americans. There were over 200,000 cases reported of entrance into meth addiction treatment facilities due to meth abuse in 2009.
According to a study completed by the Name Authority Cooperative Program, which is a division of Congress, there are more methamphetamine related emergency visits than any other drug. Fifteen percent of state and 13% of federal prisoners reported using meth regularly before their conviction. Six percent of state and 7% of federal reported using meth at the time of their offense.
According to the National Drug Threat Assessment of the Department of Justice, 39% of local and state agencies reported meth as being the greatest drug threat in their region. More counties, 48%, report that meth is the primary drug problem in their communities, more than cocaine at 22%, marijuana at 22% and heroin at 3%.
Treating the Problem
Meth addiction can be difficult to treat but never impossible to handle. Programs like Narconon report more than a 70% success rate for permanent sobriety from meth addiction.
Finding the right meth addiction treatment is key to being able to fully overcome the problem.
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