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What you need to know about Crystal Meth:

Generic Name: Methamphetamine
Therapeutic Class: Psycho-stimulant
Popular Street Names: Tina, meth, ice, speed, crank
Side Effects: Increase of alertness, increase of concentration, energy, induces euphoria, enhances self esteem, and increase in libido

Crystal meth has high potential for abuse and addiction. The drug activates the psychological reward system via a cascading release of dopamine in the brain. In the United States, methamphetamine is FDA approved for the treatment of ADHD and exogenous obesity.

Signs of meth addiction are:

  • Developing meth mouth
  • Reduced appetite
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Short term memory loss

Due to the fact that crystal meth is a high-risk abuse drug, it is also a high-risk overdose drug. Signs of crystal meth overdose include:

  • Coma
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Convulsions
  • Rise in body temperature
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • User sees spots

Withdrawal symptoms from crystal meth primarily consist of fatigue, depression and an increase in appetite. Withdrawal symptoms may last for days with occasional use and weeks or months with chronic use. For chronic users, withdrawal symptoms also include anxiety, irritability, headaches, agitation, akathisia, and hypersomnia. Crystal Meth use should not be stopped all at once. Instead, it should be reduced slowly in a medically supervised environment to ensure safety.

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