“I want to be addicted to meth!” Have you ever heard anyone say this? While millions of people use methamphetamines, it would be difficult to find a person that had the desire to become addicted to it. Despite a radical increase in the number of people using this drug and the terrible consequences of doing so, it has recently propelled in popularity. Meth addiction is so common because the use of the drug is prevalent in many areas and because there is little knowledge about the risks involved. Few people comprehend the long-term effects of meth on the brain and the body. Methamphetamine is an extremely powerful drug and is so dangerous because it only takes one time to become seriously
The abuse of methamphetamine is a very serious problem in the United States. According to one national survey, approximately 10 million people in the United States have tried methamphetamine at least once (Meth Abuse and Addiction, 2010). Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Although most of the methamphetamine used in this country comes from foreign or domestic super labs, the drug is also easily made in small clandestine laboratories, with inexpensive over the counter ingredients. Methamphetamine is commonly known as “speed,” “meth,” and “chalk.” In its smoked form it is often referred to as “ice,” “crystal,” “crank,” and “glass.” It is a
The medical use of amphetamines was common in the 1950/60's when they were used to help cure depression and to help the user lose weight. An amphetamine is a drug that is a stimulant to the central nervous system. Amphetamines are colorless and may be inhaled, injected, or swallowed. Amphetamines are also used non-medically to avoid sleep, improve athletic performance, or to counter the effects of depressant drugs. Amphetamines are addictive. Because of this, when the user discontinues use or reduces the amount that they use, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Some withdrawal symptoms are as follows: severe exhaustion, deep sleep lasting from 24 to 48 hours, psychotic reaction, extreme hunger, deep depression, anxiety reactions, and long but
Throughout the United States, there exists Federal and state laws that seek to seek to control given categories of over the counter drugs (Paul-Emile, 2010). The outcome of such efforts is the formulation of drug control policies that despite their goodwill and intention end up creating new sets of challenges for the producers, distributors, and consumers of the drugs (Lessenger & Feinberg, 2015). Like many other states, the state of West Virginia has moved to put in place legislations that control the use of over the counter medicine. As such in line with the “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic” passed by the U.S Congress and enacted on 2006, the state of West Virginia (WV) also enacted a related policy passed in the 2012 regular
Once these laws took effect, and methamphetamine lab arrests increased, users began to start seeking alternatives to manufacturing the drug at home. Cartels and gangs, primarily from Mexico, started realizing that Florida was a large market to sell mass quantities of “ice” methamphetamine and began to traffic the pure clear crystalized drug to Central Florida. “The purity of crystal methamphetamine typically is over 80 percent, depending upon the amount of washing, the purity of the initial substance, and the experience of the laboratory operator. Crystal methamphetamine typically is administered by smoking using a glass pipe, although some abusers inject the drug.” (National Drug Intelligence Center,
More than 26 million people in the United States use meth and most of the users are teenagers. It is also the most destructive drug, killing or seriously injuring over 1.5 million people each year. The battle against this drug is bring in tougher laws so that law enforcement can try and eliminate the use and help save lives. One of the newer laws is that any drug that contains pseudoephedrine has to have a doctor’s prescription, so that it will be harder to get and slow down or stop the manufacturing process of meth. Part of the reason that meth is so bad is that it causes irritability, anxiety, irregular heart rate, an increase in physical activity, and an increase in heart rate. These affects are dangerous on many levels.
This nation is facing a problem with a powerful stimulant, known as Meth. Meth is a highly addictive drug that is, and a hard to kick. Meth is a huge money making business so the marketing of the drug is not only targeted to adults, but the younger generation as well. Despite the effort with the war on drugs, Law Enforcement is facing a tough battle of controlling the clandestine meth labs, and meth brought to the United States from Mexico. Meth not only hurts the user, but families, and communities as well. Education and awareness to the public can help with the battle on Meth. Although through education, intervention, and rehabilitation there is help to combat meth abuse, meth is a potent dangerous drug that destroys lives,
Both methamphetamine and dextromethamphetamine are illegally trafficked and sold inferable from their potential for recreational use as a Spanish fly and euphoriant. The most noteworthy commonness of unlawful methamphetamine use happens in parts of Asia, Oceania, and in the United States, where racemic methamphetamine, levomethamphetamine, and dextromethamphetamine are delegated plan II
Methamphetamine is a synthetic powerful and highly addicted drug, which is used illegally and affects the central nervous system. The use of methamphetamine during pregnancy impacts the developing fetus in many ways, specially affecting the brain, spinal cord, heart and kidneys. Women who use this illegal drug are less likely to get prenatal care which causes serious problems to the developing fetus. Additionally, women using meth during pregnancy tend to have high blood pressure and this will cause poor blood flow to the fetus. It is very sad to see that some babies are born prematurely and with birth deformities. Also, prenatal meth can cause fetal brain hemorrhage and stroke, as well as defective
Methamphetamine has been around for decades and was planned to be used as a useful stimulant but backfired and became a nuisance. The brief history of the drug explains that the Japanese developed it with an understandable reason, to improve performance in battle, then to which points it has first extended to Guam, the U.S. Marshall Islands and to the U.S. West Coast. Methamphetamine became out of hand and Congress placed an act in motion in order to prevent the production of the drug. The drug has a high availability in the United States and can be easily manufactured, sold and bought. As years went by the production has been easier and more prevalent. With the many ways of administering the drug, the drug can have many types of effects on
Internet sales of pseudoephedrine are a booming business. Other countries such as china an abundance of pseudoephedrine ready for shipment (MERIT). Here the methamphetamine producers can
Hey everyone thanks for tuning in with us today. Well today I am would like to talk about the health risks of taking drugs but not just any drug speed, the speed that most people don’t think is that big of a deal well I am here to tell you that you are dead wrong speed has ruined many people lives, it has even killed people. Now we all know that people in the United States everyday do drugs. Well if I was going to talk about every drug we would not be finished for weeks. So I am only going to talk about one drug today. That drug is called Methamphetamine. You might ask me what that is. So I am going to tell you what most people call it or its nickname it is speed. Well I am going to let you know just what Speed will do to you as you get
The easy process of making and producing Methamphetamine is a simple process, when compared to the manufacturing and growing of other recreational drugs. It is more popular among many groups of people as the drug of choice to reproduce all over the nation and the world. As a result of the popularity of meth production, local, state and national governments along with drug task forces work around the clock, non-stop to keep up on the crackdown of meth production and to shut down these illegal meth labs that will produce and ship this particular drug. With impacts that can be particularly damaging to human life, drug task forces and government agencies have a war on their hands and it seems like it is getting out of hand as they try to fight against this daily.
Domestically made methamphetamine production is a major concern for the government and has been rising steadily despite government crackdowns. Production is mainly in rural areas where government and police control is limited and it is being smuggled to more affluent areas of the country (State.gov, 2014)