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Meth Addiction: Signs, Effects, and Treatment
May 24, 2024

What Is Meth? Classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II substance, methamphetamine carries a significant potential for misuse and serious physiological and psychological dependence.3 Though pharmaceutical methamphetamine is still in production, much of the street supply of meth is illicitly manufactured—often found in powdered form—as shiny glass fragments or […]

The Dangers of Snorting, Injecting, and Smoking Stimulants
May 20, 2024

Common Stimulants Stimulants cover a broad category of prescription medications, such as those used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, as well as substances like cocaine that are widely used illicitly. To be sure, even legally prescribed stimulants can be diverted and misused for non-medical purposes.3,4 Commonly prescribed stimulants include:4,5   Amphetamines […]

Crystal Meth Side Effects: Short- and Long-Term Effects of Crystal Meth
May 1, 2017

Crystal meth is an exquisitely addictive drug with potent stimulant effects. People often use crystal meth for its relatively long-lasting euphoric high. Typically, individuals smoke or inject crystal meth and experience a high that can last 6-8 hours or more.1 If you, or someone you know, use crystal meth, it is critically important that you […]

Meth Overdose: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options
Apr 28, 2017

Individuals who use meth report feeling a euphoric “rush,” an intense pleasurable feeling that only lasts a couple of minutes, then fades as quickly as it started. Thus, individuals use repeat doses to maintain the high.1 Similar to other substances, taking too much meth, using it in combination with other substances, or ingesting adulterated meth […]

Spotting Signs of Marijuana, Meth, and Other Drugs in the House
Mar 28, 2017

Addiction is a complex disease of the risk and reward system in the brain, involving a person’s genes, family history, and environment, among other factors. There are many substances that a person struggling with addiction could abuse, with different symptoms of intoxication, different paraphernalia, and different long-term consequences. That being said, there are several symptoms […]

Effects of Crystal Meth on the Brain and Central Nervous System
Mar 20, 2017

Methamphetamine (d-methamphetamine, crystal meth, or meth) is a man-made central nervous system stimulant. The substance often appears as bluish-tinted or white rocks or pieces of glass. It is most commonly smoked or snorted, and it is manufactured in private home laboratories using pseudoephedrine or ephedrine along with other substances that can be purchased at drugstores […]

Amphetamine Addiction: Uses, Side Effects, and Treatment
Mar 15, 2017

Amphetamine misuse can have serious consequences on an individual’s physical and mental health, relationships, and overall well-being. According to the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 4 million people reported prescription amphetamine misuse, and 1.8 million people had a prescription stimulant use disorder.1 This page provides information on the types of […]

What Is Meth Cut With?
Jun 8, 2016

What Is Meth? Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive stimulant. Meth is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning it can be prescribed in very low doses as a non-refillable prescription to treat severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions. However, methamphetamine is very rarely prescribed and is primarily an illicit drug […]

How Is Meth Used? Dangers of Snorting, Smoking, or Injecting Meth
Jun 2, 2016

What Is Meth (Methamphetamine)? Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as the illicit street drug “meth”, is an extremely addictive central nervous system stimulant. Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II stimulant drug under the Controlled Substances Act, indicating it has a high potential for misuse and dependence.2 However, it’s important to understand that there are different […]

How Long Does Meth Stay in Your System?
May 4, 2016

What Is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, crystal, ice, or Tina, is a highly addictive synthetic central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It is notoriously addictive, with known misuse liability, leading to it being classified as a Schedule II substance in the United States. Though pharmaceutical formulations exist, much methamphetamine is illicitly manufactured, and […]

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