Effects of Methamphetamine

Drug abuse has become a universal phenomenon that cuts through gender, race and social status. People have become desensitized to the thought of hearing about drug abuse that it is somewhat already considered as part of the norm because society deems it to be so. In fact, we hear about the use of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy for non-therapeutic or non-medical effects that we don’t see it as a big issue anymore.

But it is. And more than the drugs that we most often hear about, there are others that can be as fatal to the person using it and dangerous to the others that he or she encounters. Among these is the drug Methamphetamine.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is chemically related to amphetamine. Similar to amphetamine, Methamphetamine also decreases a person’s appetite and increases his or her sense of well-being. The drug is also known to cause havoc in the Central Nervous System.

Methamphetamine is also called "speed", "chalk", or "meth".It was originally used as an ingredient for nasal decongestants, bronchial inhalers, and for anti-obesity pills. Later on, it was also discovered to aid in the treatment of narcolepsy and ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder.

Rampant Use of Methamphetamine

The misuse of Methamphetamine has increased dramatically over the years because this drug is easily accessible in illegal laboratories and is not as costly as the other drugs. It is primarily due to these factors that the users of Methamphetamine were profiled as white, male, blue-collar workers. Albeit, the use of this drug has spread across the States; it is now being used by a more diverse population.

A Note of Caution

Like other drugs that are being abused, Methamphetamine can also lead to bad effects in the cardiovascular system of the body, hyperthermia, convulsions, damaged blood vessels, skin abscesses, and even death. Meanwhile, psychotic effects of this drug may include violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, and insomnia.

Pregnant Women: Beware!

The ill-effects of Methamphetamines are worse for pregnant women. Recent studies show that a pregnant woman’s misuse of Methamphetamie may bring about prenatal complications, premature delivery, altered neonatal behavioral patterns, and congenital deformities for the baby inside a mother’s womb.

Methamphetamine can be compared to cocaine with regards to some behavioral and psychological effects that both can bring to its users, but in contrast to the latter drug, the former has a more longer duration in the body, meaning, it is not as easily metabolized in the body, thus the stimulant effects are also prolonged in the system of the body.