Don't do meth, it shortens your breath By: Kennedy Rowan

Methamphetamine Facts:

  • it is a synthetic drug with more rapid and lasting effects than amphetamine, used illegally as a stimulant and as a prescription drug to treat narcolepsy and maintain blood pressure
  • Can also be called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice
  • It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting, crystalline powder
  • Can be taken orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in alcohol, or injected
  • Because the pleasure also fades quickly, users often take repeated doses, in a “binge and crash” pattern

Statistics:

  • According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million people (0.4 percent of the population) reported using methamphetamine in the past year, and 440,000 (0.2 percent) reported using it in the past month
  • In 2007, 4.5% of American high-school seniors and 4.1% of tenth grade students reported using methamphetamine at least once in their life
  • In the United States, the percentage of drug treatment admissions due to methamphetamine and amphetamine abuse tripled from 3% in 1996 to 9% in 2006. Some states have much higher percentages, such as Hawaii, where 48.2% of the people seeking help for drug or alcohol abuse in 2007 were methamphetamine users
  • The Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia and Latvia reported amphetamines and methamphetamine as accounting for between 20% and 60% of those seeking drug abuse treatment
  • In 2006 731,000 (0.3 percent) reported past-month use. In 2012, there were 133,000 new users of methamphetamine age 12 or older—the same as the previous year but continuing a general downward trend across the past decade

can be smoked with a pipe

can be injected

crystal

Long and Short Term Effects

  • When taken, meth and crystal meth create a false sense of well-being and energy, and so a person will tend to push his body faster and further than it is meant to go. Thus, drug users can experience a severe “crash” or physical and mental breakdown after the effects of the drugs wear off
  • Because continued use of the drug decreases natural feelings of hunger, users can experience extreme weight loss. Negative effects can also include disturbed sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability
  • Other serious effects can include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia. In some cases, use can cause convulsions that lead to death
  • In the long term, meth use can cause irreversible harm: increased heart rate and blood pressure; damaged blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes or an irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause cardiovascular collapse or death; and liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Users may suffer brain damage, including memory loss and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts. Those who recover are usually subject to memory gaps and extreme mood swings.

Street Names

  • Blade
  • Crystal
  • Batu
  • Ice
  • Quartz
  • Glass

In conclusion, methamphetamine is not good for your body at all. It destroys you mentally and physically. It may feel good for a short amount of time but in the long run it will destroy your body. Don't do meth, it shortens your breath :)

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