The Main Purpose Of This Research Paper Is To Provide Information

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The main purpose of this research paper is to provide information on how drugs affect the brain and body of a person. Reports of drug related crimes are common in the media mainly on news reports. The main concern tends to be towards Methamphetamine, which gets the most media attention. One of the most abused drugs in the Philippines is a local type of methamphetamine mixed with caffeine known as Shabu. This is a powerfully addictive drug that can cause people to have intense hallucinations and become extremely paranoid. This stimulant is believed to be the drug of choice for 90% of the Philippines illegal substance users. Methamphetamine causes feelings of euphoria and the user feels full of energy. Some users of this drug have even…show more content…
As use of methamphetamine spread, so did their abuse. Methamphetamine became a cure-all for such things as weight control to treating mild depression. In the 1960s, the route and degree of abuse changed dramatically with the increased availability of injectable methamphetamine. In the 1980s, the smokable form of methamphetamine, "ice," became available. Like crack cocaine, it is smoked in glass pipes, emitting no odor, with effects lasting for 12 hours or more. Shabu, a powerfully addictive meth stimulant, easily accessible and affordable, is the drug of choice of over 90% of Filipino drug users. A single "pingi" or 0.1 gm costs P100. One mongo-sized "gram" costs P1,000 – 2,000. Street meth is never pure, cut with a miscellany of substances, including talc or heroin. The National Drug Law Enforcement and Prevention Center gives a conservative estimate of at least 250,000 drug abusers, possibly over half a million. Another conservative estimate puts the number of addicts at one million. A question regarding how Methamphetamine is used will be discussed as well as the effects – short term and long term. Methamphetamine stimulates release of excessive amounts of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is produced in the nerve cells of the ventral tegmental area and is concerned with pleasure regulation in the brain. Upon entering the nerve cell, meth stimulates release of dopamine which then binds
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