These drugs are man-made stimulants.  They were first produced in Japan in 1919.  In the beginning they were used to help people in the military stay awake and do a better job.  Later they were prescribed for people with sleeping disorders.

There are 3 forms of methamphetamines:

  • Pills or capsules - that are usually swallowed.  Sometimes they are put into the vagina or rectum.  They can also be crushed up and snorted.

  • Powder - that is usually white, pin or yellow.  It can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected.

  • Crystalline chunks - or "crystal meth".  The whitish shiny pieces are usually smoked in a pipe.  Crystal Meth is usually more concentrated than the other forms of the drug and produces the most intense high.

Short Term Effects

  • More energy

  • Awake and alert

  • More confident

  • Less appetite

  • Stronger sexual feelings

  • Increase in heart rate and blood pressure

Other possible effects include

  • Grouchy and irritable

  • Problems sleeping

  • Confused

  • Anxious

  • Shaking, tremors

  • Convulsions

Long Term Effects

Potential effects of long term, chronic use include:

  • Violent behaviour

  • Psychotic behaviour

  • Hearing sounds that aren't real

  • Moody

  • Believing things that are not real - delusions and paranoia

  • Thoughts of killing yourself or others

  • Possible brain damage similar to that of Alzheimer's, stroke or epilepsy

  • Risk of diseases if sharing needles

Withdrawal Effects

  • Grouchy and irritable

  • Depressed

  • Frightened

  • Loss of energy

  • Shaking or tremors

  • Nausea

  • Heart palpitations

  • Sweating

  • Bigger appetite

  • Short, fast breathing - Hyperventilation

See Also: 
Learn about Methamphetamine (Here to Help)
How does methamphetamine work? Why do people use methamphetamine? What are the risks and health effects of using methamphetamine? What to do if you or someone you know is experiencing a problem with methamphetamine.
Learn about MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) (Here to Help)
Learn about what MDMA is, what happens when we use it, when it becomes a problem, and how to make healthier choices about MDMA.

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