The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes methamphetamine as:

“…a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, chalk, ice and crystal…it takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Methamphetamine was developed early in the 20th century from its parent drug, amphetamine, and was used originally in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. Like amphetamine, methamphetamine causes increased activity and talkativeness, decreased appetite and a pleasurable sense of well-being or euphoria. However, methamphetamine differs from amphetamine in that, at comparable doses, much greater amounts of the drug get into the brain, making it a more potent stimulant. It also has longer-lasting and more harmful effects on the central nervous system. These characteristics make it a drug with high potential for widespread abuse. Methamphetamine has been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II stimulant, which makes it legally available only through a non-refillable prescription. Medically, it may be indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and as a short-term component of weight-loss treatments, but these uses are limited and…the prescribed doses are far lower than those typically abused.”

Methamphetamine can be smoked, taken orally, snorted, injected or dissolved in water or alcohol. Smoking or injecting the drug is the fastest way users experience the intense sensation of the drug, referred to as a “rush” or “flash” as it is quickly delivered to the brain. This “rush” is typically short in duration, lasting only a few minutes, but users report this high as extremely pleasurable. Users who snort or swallow the drug experience a long-lasting high, but not the euphoric “rush.” Because the intense pleasure of the drug fades quickly, users often take repeated doses in a “binge and crash” pattern.

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