Meth Research Paper

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Meth, short for Methamphetamine. Meth is a drug used as a powerful stimulant. It causes an increase in physical activity and decreases your appetite. This is the reason when you see people on Meth, they usually are skinny. There are many ways Meth can be used, in which include smoked, injected, orally ingested, or snorted. When Meth is smoked or injected it causes more of a rush. When it is snorted or taken orally it produces a longer lasting high instead of a rush, which can continue for as long as twelve hours. Both the rush and the high result from the release of very high levels of dopamine into areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. This is why people become addicted. They enjoy the feeling the dopamine brings to them and once it is over they crave more. Some short term effects of taking Meth include a decrease in fatigue and an increase in attention, activity, and respiration. It also can cause hyperthermia and euphoria.…show more content…
The large release of dopamine contributes to the effects on the nerve terminals in the brain and high doses of Meth are extremely dangerous to the body. It can elevate the temperature of the body which can be lethal. Some long term effects of Meth can be extremely damaging to the body. Not only is it addictive, but it also is a chronic relapsing disease. It causes violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. Taking Meth for a long period of time can also be the result of some psychotic features like paranoia, hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions, like the feeling of insects creeping on the skin. People on Meth become more dependent on others like family members or those close to support their habits and take care of them. People in this state of mind cannot care for themselves and usually find others with the same habits to hang around and support each

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