Research Paper On Methamphetamine

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DH Theory II 09 July, 2012 Methamphetamine Abuse Methamphetamine abuse is a growing trend amongst Americans today, or at least in the small town of Hohenwald, TN. In the past year, there have been countless, catastrophic events take place whether they be drug raids leading up to busts or meth labs blowing up in local’s garages. Methamphetamine can be taken orally, injected, snorted, or smoked and most of the time, no matter where it seems to enter the body, it still affects one central region; the oral cavity. What is methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It is commonly known as: meth, speed, crank, chalk, fire, glass, ice, tweak, uppers, and yaba. With names like that,…show more content…
Methamphetamine increases the release and blocks the reuptake of the brain chemical (or neurotransmitter) dopamine, leading to high levels of the chemical in the brain, a common mechanism of action for most drugs of abuse. Dopamine is involved in reward, motivation, the experience of pleasure, and motor function in the human body. Methamphetamine’s ability to release dopamine rapidly in reward regions of the brain produces the intense euphoria, or “rush,” that many users feel after snorting, smoking, or injecting the drug. Chronic methamphetamine abuse significantly changes how the brain functions. Noninvasive human brain imaging studies have shown alterations in the activity of the dopamine system that are associated with reduced motor skills and impaired verbal learning. Recent 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…show more content…
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