Methamphetamine Research Paper

657 WordsMar 26, 20123 Pages
Drug Addiction Assignment: Methamphetamine The powerful and dangerous drug, methamphetamine (meth), has recently attracted more and more users around the world. It is an amphetamine drug that is very addictive. Meth users are gaining easier access to the drug, since it can be made from common household things, like Drano and battery acid. Over 400,000 Americans are currently addicted to the drug. Meth causes a huge increase in dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain. In addition, meth also blocks enzymes that work to break down dopamine in the brain, which causes the high to last much longer than a high from a stimulant like cocaine. Several methods are used to take this drug, but smoking it has recently become more popular.…show more content…
Meth users can stay awake for days at a time, without wanting food, water, sex, etc. These natural things that create pleasure and release dopamine in a normal person won’t have the same effect, or any effect, on a meth addict. This makes it hard for addicts to overcome the addiction because they physically won’t enjoy life if they don’t take the drug. In addition, withdrawal symptoms of meth are similar to those of other addictive drugs. A lot of users fear withdrawal, and therefore continue to take the drug. Meth is incredibly bad for the brain, as well as the entire body. The dangerous chemicals used to make the drug do serious damage to users. Because of reduced dopamine levels, addicts can develop Parkinson’s disease or Schizophrenia. Also, meth causes increased heart rate, raises blood pressure, and damages blood vessels, making users susceptible to heart problems, strokes, and death. Many neuroscience research methods could be useful in studying meth addiction. To research the brain activity of meth addicts when exposed to pictures/other stimulus, an EEG could be conducted on addicts. Showing pictures of natural things that release dopamine, such as food, sex, etc., versus showing pictures of drugs and meth, then comparing the brain activity, would be an effective study. This would show the physical effects of using meth and how addicts are not stimulated
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