Posts tagged with ‘methamphetamines’
Methamphetamine (or “meth”) is a psychoactive stimulant drug that increases alertness and energy and in high doses may induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and heighten sexuality. Methamphetamine has a high potential for abuse, activating the physiological reward system by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Withdrawal from methamphetamine is often intense, and long-term use can lead to “meth mouth” (losing teeth abnormally quickly) and serious skin conditions. Methamphetamine use can also lead to malnutrition, heart attack, stroke, and even death.
A new study on the effects of methamphetamine on unborn babies conducted at the University of California Los Angeles has found that the drug is even more damaging to a fetus than Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
A highly addictive stimulant, methamphetamine is known to cause a variety of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, psychotic symptoms, memory loss, violent behavior and mood disturbances. Even with such an impact, people continue to use and abuse the substance in an effort to achieve a desired high.