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    It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.  Crystal meth pulls teens down faster than imaginable, leading them to depths even they never thought they’d go.  Within weeks, parents have seen their children turn from normal kids into jittery, hollow-eyed addicts.

    Yet meth remains one of the most popular illicit drugs among American youth and is frequently mixed with alcohol or marijuana, an often deadly combination.

    Facts About Methamphetamine

    Methamphetamine is in the same family as amphetamine, which means that it is a stimulant.  It increases mental alertness and energy, which is why it is used as a study drug–kids pop a few pills and are able to cram for an exam or pull an all-nighter to finish a paper.  It is also prescribed for ADHD and obesity.

    Teens get hooked on it for a variety of reasons.  It may begin as a simple boost to get a term paper written, and then it turns into an easy way to have a good time.  After a few weeks, the user may find himself craving it and even unable to function without it.

    Aptly named speed, chalk and ice, methamphetamine comes in the form of white powder, which is snorted or injected, or a clear rock that is heated and smoked.

    Unexpected Irony With Meth Use

    People use meth because it opens the floodgates on dopamine, a pleasure hormone in the brain, producing an intense rush of pleasure.  Users report increased energy, mental focus, confidence, and libido.  The irony of meth, however, is that it ultimately produces the exact opposite of what it is taken for in the first place.

    Very shortly after meth addiction starts, it begins to destroy the body.  It damages the cells and destroys tissue and blood vessels.  Wounds take longer to heal and the skin quickly loses its youthfulness.  Other physical changes include:

    •    Acne
    •    Tooth grinding
    •    Broken, stained and rotten teeth from decay
    •    Sores covering the body from obsessive picking, caused by a common hallucination that there are bugs crawling under the skin
    •    Severe weight loss, leading to a frail, gaunt appearance

    In addition to physical changes, meth produces alterations in behavior as the body is no longer able to produce its own dopamine.  Other effects include:

    •    An inability to feel pleasure
    •    Permanent mental damage
    •    Psychotic behavior
    •    Impotence
    •    Trouble sleeping
    •    Delusions
    •    Hallucinations
    •    Paranoia
    •    Anxiety
    •    Aggression
    •    Disorganized lifestyle

    Meth is also dangerous because of the fact that injection needles are often shared, leading to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.

    No Recipe Is The Same For Meth

    While eighty percent of the meth distributed in the United States comes from Mexico, a great deal is still cooked up in home meth labs across the country, particularly in rural areas.  Meth is never pure; it must be made in a precise manner.  Because of varying factors such as temperature, moisture levels, and ingredients, each batch of meth can be different.  It is because of this that overdose can easily occur, often leading to death.

    Source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/methamphetamine

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