What is methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a powerful drug made from synthetic (man-made) chemicals. It is a stimulant that is sometimes used medically to treat ADHD, weight loss (only used over a short term) and narcolepsy. The dose used for treatment is much lower than when the drug is abused.
Methamphetamine is also known as meth, crystal meth, chalk, crank, ice and glass. It is extremely easy to become dependent on this substance. From one dose users can be intoxicated for up to 12 hours and often take another dose to stay ‘high’. In some cases they continue using for a number of days and get little sleep and food. This is known as a ‘run.’
How is methamphetamine misused?
Methamphetamine can comes in pill, powder or crystal form. It can be swallowed, snorted or injected in pill or powder form. In crystal form it is usually smoked. Crystal meth is often more concentrated than the other forms of the drug and causes the most intense high.
Methamphetamine increases the release of dopamine in the brain which causes the ‘high.’ It also stops the reuptake of dopamine. This can affect thinking, mood, movement and overall health.