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Methamphetamine Facts

What It Is

Methamphetamine, Desoxyn or commonly known as meth, is a stimulant and an appetite suppressant. It stimulates the central nervous system, the nerves and brain, by increasing certain chemicals. It also elevates the heart rate and blood pressure and decreases inhibitions.  It induces a feeling of well being as well as improves alertness, attention and performance on certain cognitive and motor tasks

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The Truth about Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine is a terrible drug which is devastating society as we know it today.  Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant which has devastating effects on its users.  When meth is abused, the body’s reserve energy and vitamins are rapidly consumed, causing nutrient deficiencies and shocking effects to the addicts body.   Someone abusing meth will look malnourished and significantly older than their actual age.  Meth can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels of the heart and brain.   Meth also creates an imbalance of dopamine in the brain.  Addicts are unable to feel happiness without meth after prolonged abuse. 

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What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant substance that is similar in structure to the class of drugs known as amphetamines. Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug and is available only through a prescription that cannot be refilled due to its high potential for addiction. Although methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor, its medical uses are extremely limited, and the doses that are prescribed are significantly lower than those typically abused by a user. The majority of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic super labs, although it can also be made in small, illegal labs, where its production endangers the environment, the people in the labs, and neighbors.

Methamphetamine comes in many forms and can be injected, snorted, smoked, or orally ingested. The preferred method of methamphetamine abuse varies by geographical region and has come to change over time. When Methamphetamine is smoked is has a different effect, which leads to very fast uptake of the drug in the brain, and has become more common in recent years, amplifying methamphetamine's addiction potential and adverse health consequences.

[Data from National Institute on Drug Abuse]

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Methamphetamine Abuse

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The abuse of methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant, has become a significant issue in the United States today.  Although methamphetamine was initially limited to Hawaii and the western parts of the country, methamphetamine abuse has run rampant through the United States and is now available in virtually all corners of the country. With super labs in Mexico and underground labs in the US, the spread of methamphetamine continues to increase. According to a survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 10 million people in the United States have tried methamphetamine at least once.  This survey took place in 2006, so the numbers have surely exponentially increased.

Methamphetamine can be considered one of the most difficult addictions to overcome.  The drug activates certain systems in the brain which give a person a false sense of euphoria for long periods of time.  Because of this fact, the drug has an extremely high risk of abuse, and once addicted, it can be hard to convince someone the severity of the problem.  Luckily, there have been great advancements in the field of drug rehabilitation treatment, especially regarding meth treatment.  With an effective treatment center and commitment from the recovering addict, it can be reversed.

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Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive synthetic chemical that acts as a stimulant. It is snorted, injected, smoked, or swallowed. Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic super-labs, although it can also be made in small, illegal laboratories, where its production endangers the people in the labs, their neighbors, and the environment.

In 1893, Methamphetamine or crystal meth was first developed from ephedrine. A chemist by the name of Nagayoshi Nagai was responsible for this creation. It wasn’t until 1919, that methamphetamine was turned into its crystallized form by Akira Ogata.

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10 Common Prescription Drugs on the Market

Summary of the affects of different prescription drugs on the market.

There are over 24,000 prescription medications on the market right now in the world. There are millions of people who are legitimately taking their prescriptions and many more who are abusing prescription medications on a daily basis. Every drug affects a person in different ways
and what may be a stimulant for one person may have the opposite affect for another.

Breakdown on Most Common Prescription Drugs on the Market

Adderall – A central nervous system stimulant that affects the chemicals in a persons brain and nerves that can contribute to hyperactivity and impuls control. It is most commonly used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Long-term use of this Adderall can slow a child's growth. This is a major drug of abuse and may be habit forming. Using Adderall improperly can cause death, or serious side effects on the heart.

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Heroin Information

Heroin is an illegal drug that is highly addictive and its use is a serious problem in America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin is the most rapidly acting and widely abused of the opiate family. Heroin is processed from morphine. Morphine is a natural occurring substance that is extracted from seed pods of certain types of poppy plants.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program sees many admissions for heroin addiction every week and even more who need treatment but who are not receiving it.

Forms of Heroin

Pure heroin is rarely seen on the streets being sold. It is bitter tasting, expensive, and white. Most illicit heroin is cut with various other additives and loses their purity causing the heroin to have brown tints. Heroin is mostly cut with substance such as sugar, powdered milk, starch, or quinine. It may also be cut with strychnine or other poisons. Once the heroin leaves the manufacturer, it is obvious to see the purity of it. The unknowingness of the purity of the heroin, the actual strength of the drug or its true contents makes the risk of overdose or death skyrocket.

Another form of heroin is referred to as "black tar" heroin. It is primarily available in the western to southwestern region. This form of heroin can be hard like coal or sticky like roofing tar. It is produced primarily in Mexico and has a color that varies from dark brown to black.

Methods of Use

Heroin can be injected, smoked, or snorted. It is often injected as this is the most efficient way to administer the low purity heroin products. Smoking and snorting heroin are becoming more common as there is a fear of infection from sharing needles. Smoking and snorting so not produce the "rush" feeling as quickly or intensely as injection, but there is a lesser risk of infection through shared drug use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has confirmed that all three methods are very addictive when administered.

Effects of Use

The short term effects of heroin use are apparent immediately after a single dose when injected. These effects disappear in just a few hours. If the substance is snorted or smoked, a user can feel it affects peak within 8 to 15 minutes. Once administered, a user will feel a surge of euphoria, most generally followed by an alternating state of wakefulness and drowsiness. They can experience side effects such as dry mouth, a warm flush of the skin, or heavy extremities. Clouding of mental functions can result as depression of the central nervous system is occurring.

Chronic users of heroin can experience collapsed veins, abscesses, liver disease, or infection of the heart lining or valves. Various types of pneumonia may occur as well. Long term use may also cause addiction. Tolerance will develop and the user must use more heroin to reach the same intensity of the first high. With each higher dose of the drug, physical dependence and mental addiction develop.

Once a person ceases to use heroin, the withdrawal stages can start in a matter of hours. During the withdrawal process a person may experience:

• Drug Cravings

• Muscle or bone pain

• Restlessness

• Diarrhea

• Vomiting

These are just a few of the symptoms. The withdrawal from heroin can be very severe on a person body and this is why so many continue to use. Symptoms will peak within 48 to 72 hours and then subside after about a week.

Extent of Use

There have been studies conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health stating that the heroin problem in the United States is escalating and reaching teens at a more rancid pace.

According to the reports:

• Roughly 3.8 million US residents have used heroin at least once in their life

• Roughly 453,000 people used heroin in the last year

• Roughly 213,000 use heroin in the last month

The 2008 Monitoring the Future Study among students showed:

• 1.4% of eighth graders

• 1.2% of tenth graders

• 1.3% of twelfth graders reported lifetime use of heroin

The study also showed that:

• 75.5% of eighth graders thought using heroin occasionally without a needle was a "great risk"

• 83.1% of tenth graders thought using heroin occasionally without a needle was a "great risk"

• 73.2% of twelfth graders thought using heroin occasionally without a needle was a "great risk"

• Roughly 86.4% of twelfth graders thought that using heroin regularly was a "great risk"

Part of the study showed the ease by which heroin can be obtained. Here are the results:

• 13.3% of eighth graders

• 17.2% of tenth graders

• 25.4% twelfth graders reported that heroin was "fairly easy" or "very easy" to obtain

The use of heroin and the accessibility to obtain it is easy for any age, gender, or class. It is affecting our youth, college students, prisoners, and citizens of the United States.

Call today to find out more information on heroin and it effects call Narconon today at 800-468-6933.

 

DMX Information

DXM (Dextromethorphan)DXM (dextromethorphan) is an opioid agent used as a cough suppressant. DXM has been around since the 1960's and is found in more than 140 over-the-counter products. Abuse of DXM, especially by teenagers in the rave scene, is becoming more widespread throughout the United States. Because of this, interest in the drug is growing rapidly.

DXM (dextromethorphan) information

DXM (dextromethorphan) is an opioid agent used as a cough supperssant. DXM has been around since the 1960's and is found in more than 140 over-the-counter products. Abuse of DXM, especially by teenagers in the rave scene, is becoming more widespread throughout the United States. Because of this, interest in the drug is growing rapidly.

Street Names

Street names for dextromethorphan include "C-C-C", "Robo", "Skittles", "Red Devils", "DXM", "robo-tripping", "tussin", or "dex".

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Pohypnol & GHB Information

Rohypnol TabletsRohypnol & GHB are being promoted to teenagers as aphrodisiacs. They can, in fact, be deadly. These drugs are known as "date rape" drugs which, when slipped into someone's drink, can render the person helpless.

Rohypnol & GHB Information

Rohypnol

Rohypnol, the trade name for flunitrazepam, has been a concern for the last few years because of its abuse as a "date rape" drug. People may unknowingly be given the drug which, when mixed with alcohol, can incapacitate a victim and prevent them from resisting sexual assault. Also, Rohypnol may be lethal when mixed with alcohol and/or other depressants.

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PCP Information

PCS (Phencyclidine)Phencyclidine, more commonly known as PCP, is illicitly marketed under a number of street names including Angel Dust, Supergrass, killer Weed, Embalming Fluid, and Rocket Fuel. PCP use reflects a range of bizarre and volatile effects.

PCS (Phencyclidine) Information

PCP (phencyclidine) was developed in the 1950s as an intravenous anesthetic. Use of PCP in humans was discontinued in 1965, because it was found that patients often became agitated, delusional, and irrational while recovering from its anesthetic effects. PCP is illegally manufactured in laboratories and is sold on the street by such names as "angel dust," "ozone," "wack," and "rocket fuel." "Killer joints" and "crystal supergrass" are names that refer to PCP combined with marijuana. The variety of street names for PCP reflects its bizarre and volatile effects.

PCP is a white crystalline powder that is readily soluble in water or alcohol. It has a distinctive bitter chemical taste. PCP can be mixed easily with dyes and turns up on the illicit drug market in a variety of tablets, capsules, and colored powders. It is normally used in one of three ways: snorted, smoked, or eaten. For smoking, PCP is often applied to a leafy material such as mint, parsley, oregano, or marijuana.

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LSD Information

LSDD-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is the most potent hallucinogenic substance known to man. Dosages of LSD are measured in micrograms, or millionths of a gram. By comparison, dosages of heroin and cocaine are measured in milligrams, or thousandths of a gram. Compared to other hallucinogenic substances, LSD is 100 times more potent than psilocybin and 4,000 times more potent than mescaline.

LSD Information

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is one of the major drugs making up the hallucinogen class. LSD was discovered in 1938 and is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains.

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