Methamphetamine a very addictive substance that affects the brain's systems. The drug is a white, crystalline powder, that is typically put in drinks where it can dissolve in. The drug can also be smoked, snorted, or injected. It is considered to be a schedule II drug because it is a non refillable prescription and that’s the only way it’s legal.

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“Studies in chronic methamphetamine abusers have also revealed severe structural and functional changes in areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory, which may account for many of the emotional and cognitive problems observed in chronic methamphetamine abusers. Methamphetamine abuse also has been shown to have negative effects on non-neuronal brain cells.”

This excerpt explains the long term effects the abused drug has on the body. An obvious effect not mentioned in this excerpt is also addiction, which is one of the worst. This explains the horrible effects the drug can do to the brain. Methamphetamine is a drug that has longer lasting effects on the central nervous system. As the excerpt states, common effects include damage to the emotional and memory parts of the brain. This is all from the vast amounts of dopamine released and Methamphetamine is a drug that produces one of the most amounts of dopamine in the brain. The drug causes you to see things in a different way and start to think abstractly, like the excerpt says hallucination and paranoia. This is important so you are aware of the extreme effect the drug has on your brain activity.

“The Crash—To a binge abuser, the crash happens when the body shuts down, unable to cope with the drug effects overwhelming it; this results in a long period of sleep for the person. Even the meanest, most violent abuser becomes almost lifeless during the crash. The crash can last one to three days.”

This excerpt is mentioned in each article, therefore it is very important. It is considered the binge and crash method is one of the most popular and dangerous way to deal with the drug. As it says you feel lifeless during the crash which is a bad feeling. The binge and crash method is used because the feeling of the high doesn't last long.

“Methamphetamine can raise your body temperature so much that you pass out. If not treated right away, this can cause death. Death can also occur from heart attack or stroke caused by the drug’s effects on the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which raises heart beat and blood pressure and constricts blood vessels.”

This is a very important fact to know because the risk that you can die from using the drug. This describes the most serious and scary effect the drug can have on you. The dangers can become this extreme and it can put your life at risk.

Effects on Brain and Body

Using meth has short term and long term effects. All effects harm your body and can severely damage your brain. Small changes to your body from the abuse of Meth include weight loss, tooth decay, and skin sores. For the short term effects, as a powerful stimulant it can increase your heartbeat giving you an irregular heartbeat also leading to high blood pressure. Long term effects are what really damage the body of a person that abuses meth. The most popular long term effect is addiction. Addiction is what really harms your body by having the temptation and need of the drug constantly. More long term effects include anxiety, insomnia, mood changes, and violent behavior. All of these effects come from the dopamine being released into the brain from the addiction of the drug. Hallucinations and paranoia are also commonly seen within people that abuse the drug. The most dangerous effects are the ones that create functional and structural changes in the brain. This causes emotional and memory problems which is really harming the brain. Meth has been a drug that has shown to have an effect on non-nueral brain cells. The cells that it effects are called microglia and these cells are the ones that supports the brain's health and removes damaged neurons. The use of Meth can create a stroke which could lead to the worst effect, death.

Think Twice Before Using

When in the position whether to use Meth or not you should think twice about the decision you're going to make. It is important to think about the long term consequences instead of the high you will only receive for a short time. Trying the drug once isn’t worth the damage your body will receive. The drug is illegal and produced in secret meth laboratories most of the time. Think about if you get caught with the drug what consequences would you have to face. Think about if you get addicted to it what your life will turn into. You will lose your friends, family, and sports or hobbies that are important to you. Your body will be harmed and will become unhealthy which will start to develop bad habits. Getting high from meth will cause a crash and the next days you will start to miss school or work. This may cause you to lose your job which then leads to having no money while you're wasting your money on the drug. You would possibly end up with no roof over your head, no money for food, and an unhealthy and sick body from abusing and becoming addicted to Meth. The risks of the harmful effects it puts on your body should convince you not to let this ruin your life.

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