Crystal meth and other methamphetamines are extremely addictive and dangerous to one’s overall health, but what about this drug makes it so dangerous?
What is crystal meth?
Crystal meth is a white, crystalline drug that people ingest by snorting, injecting, or most commonly, smoking. In low doses, meth can elevate mood, increase alertness, concentration, and general energy. The drug also lowers appetite, which causes weight loss. In higher doses, it can induce rapid mood swings, seizures, bleeding of the brain, and cause a breakdown of skeletal muscle. Crystal meth can also increase the chances of violent or even deadly behavior due to the intense mood swings.
What are the side effects of crystal meth addiction?
People who abuse crystal meth experience considerable changes in how their brains function. According to the National Institutes of Health, brain imaging studies on chronic methamphetamine abusers found that their dopamine system activity had changed in such a way as to seriously compromise their verbal learning and motor skills. Researchers have also found that prolonged use of crystal meth can permanently affect brain functionality tied to emotion and memories.
When becoming addicted to crystal meth, people may experience:
- Dry mouth
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Itchy skin
Where is crystal meth addiction most prominent?
Though it is difficult to measure a number of crystal meth users in each state, a good way to look at the problem is by crystal meth-related incidents. The states with the most crystal meth incidents are Missouri, Tennessee, and Indiana.
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