Methamphetamine, better known as Meth, is an incredibly powerful stimulant. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 2 million Americans used Meth over the past year. While this number has remained relatively constant from 2013-2018, many officials fear meth addiction in the United States is being under reported primarily because this survey comes from self-reported sources, and excludes homeless populations not living in shelters and incarcerated populations.
Methamphetamine affects the brain by hijacking the central nervous system, which is responsible for most bodily functions, including body awareness, movements, speech, memory and more. Consuming methamphetamine will result in a massive release of norepinephrine and dopamine that create feelings of euphoria and intense energy.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of meth addiction include:
- Rotting teeth
- Paranoia or fear
- Thinning body
- Aches and soreness
- Intense scratching or itching
- Many more
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