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Methamphetamine

Methamphetamines and amphetamines, especially crystal methamphetamine, pose specific health threats, especially if they are taken intraveneously.

Who Is a Typical Adolescent Meth User?
Answers to frequently asked questions about substance abuse.

Photos of Methampethamine
Here are pictures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of methamphetamine in various forms. Meth can be made into powder, crystals or even a pill form.

The Health Effects of Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug, whether injected, snorted or smoked, that affects the brain and central nervous system. Methamphetamine increase levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which stimulates brain cells, enhancing mood and body movement.

Basic Facts About Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is closely related chemically to amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of methamphetamine are greater.

Meth Treatment Takes More Time
People who use or abuse methamphetamine do not necessarily need specialized treatment but do need more time in intensive outpatient or residential drug treatment than currently occurs.

Books About Meth and Methamphetamine Addiction
These books explore the history of methamphetamine use in the United States and the devastating effects it can have on people who become addicted to it, their families and their communities. They also provide practical tips for dealing with addiction to meth and overcoming the damages it can cause in the community.

How to Recognize a Meth Lab
The ingredients used to make methamphetamine in clandestine laboratories are generally household products that by themselves present little danger, but when combined can have serious toxic and explosive effects.

Heavy Meth, Marijuana Users Risk Schizophrenia
Meth and pot users are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to become schizophreniacs, research finds.

Meth Mouth Can Signal Addiction to Dentists
When otherwise healthy young people show up at the dentist with severe oral health problems, it should signal to the dentist that the patient may be addicted to methamphetamine.

New Pseudoephedrine Is Meth-Resistant
The new drug Tarex, to be marketed under the name Releva, cannot be used to make meth, according to the manufacturer.

Can I Find Out If a Meth Lab Has Ever Been in a House I'm Buying?
Are you worried that a house you want to buy may have been a meth house?

Meth Shakers Overwhelm Burn Units
Some burn units have had to shut down because they were overwhelmed with patients burned using the 'shake and bake' method of making methamphetamine.

Bupropion Promising in Meth Addiction Treatment
Preliminary test show that the use of the antidepressant Bupropion can help in the treatment of methamphetamine addiction by reducing the meth "high" and reducing cravings prompted by visual cues.

New Meth-Making Method Is Dangerous
If you are a meth user and you have been thinking about making your own meth with the new "shake and bake" method, forget about it.

Meth Use Increases Risk for HIV
Because the use of methamphetamine among male homosexuals is 30 times higher than in the general population, urgent prevention, intervention and treatment efforts are need to reduce the risk of transmitting the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

A Child Eye's View of Meth Abuse
Children in homes where methamphetamine abuse has overtaken their parents are traumatized by the experience, many times left alone and hungry for days at a time, abused, forced to get high themselves, asked to steal and lie to authorities by the hyper and delusional adults in their lives.

Oklahoma Law May Be Slowing Meth Production
A new Oklahoma law regulating the sale of cold medicines containing an ingredient used to manufacture methampthetamine may be having an effect as Oklahoma City police reported a 37 percent drop in the number of meth lab bust a month after the law was inacted.

The Face of Meth Use
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office of Portland, Oregon has developed a library of mug shots which show the shocking affects of methamphetamine on the faces of its victims after a few years of using the illegal drug.

'Meth Mouth' No Myth for Dentists
"Meth Mouth" is a term used to describe the mouth of a methamphetamine user because of the rampant tooth decay that is seen in many users.

Meth Abuse May Cause Functional Abnormalities in the Brain
Research findings indicate that methamphetamine abuse may result in functional changes in the brain that are similar to those seen in people with degenerative brain diseases.

Tobacco Plants Used to Treat Meth Addiction?
Researchers at the University of Arkansas are attempting to use tobacco plants as DNA portein "factories" to produce an agent that could later be extracted and used to treat people who are addicted to methamphetamine.

Drug Use More Deadly If You Are Over 34
If you are over 34 years of age and a male, your chances of dying from intravenous drug use are two to six times more likely than those of younger substance abusers, according to a study conducted by Britain's Medical Research Council.

Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. Methamphetamine is closely related chemically to amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of methamphetamine are greater.

Methamphetamine FAQs
How is methamphetamine used? How is methamphetamine different from other stimulants, such as cocaine? Frequently asked questions about meth.

Methamphetamine - Commonly Abused Drugs
Profile: commercial and street names, intoxication effects and potential health consequences of using Methamphetamine.

Lobeline May Help in Meth Treatment
Lobeline, a drug with a long history of use in smoking cessation programs, may be a potential treatment for methamphetamine abuse.

Meth Addiction Increased Sharply in 2004
Data released from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that methamphetamine users who met the criteria for drug dependence in the United States rose from 164,000 in 2002 to 346,000 in 2004.

Meth Withdrawal Sparks Depression, Anxiety
Results of a new study indicate that people who have recently stopped abusing the powerfully addictive drug methamphetamine may have brain abnormalities similar to those seen in people with mood disorders.

One Hit of Crystal Meth Can Cause Birth Defects
A pregnant woman who uses methamphetamine even one time can cause long-term neurodevelopmental damage to their babies, including reduced motor co-ordination.

Is Your Dream Home Made of Meth?
Attorney Richard Console Jr. outlines what health implications former meth houses can hold, and the truth behind what realtors do and do not have to disclose to buyers about a property's past.

Brain Recovery Possible for Meth Users
Adaptive changes in chemical activity in certain regions of the brain of former methamphetamine users who have not used the drug for a year or more suggest some recovery of neuronal structure and function.

Meth Epidemic Devastates Children
In its destructive effect on rural families and their children, methamphetamine may be in a class of its own, based on the first study from an ongoing research project in seven Central Illinois counties.

Abuse and Addiction
How is methamphetamine different from other stimulants, like cocaine?

Meth and AIDS Risk
Increased HIV and hepatitis B and C transmission are likely consequences of increased methamphetamine abuse, particularly in individuals who inject the drug and share injection equipment.

Meth Abuse Increases in Midwest, South
Drug abuse-related emergency room visits involving amphetamine/ methamphetamine increased 54 percent between 1995 and 2002, with significant increases in several metropolitan areas in the Northeast, Midwest and the South, according to a new report.

Injured Meth Users Hospitalized Longer
Trauma patients who test positive for methamphetamine are more likely to be admitted to the hospital and have significantly higher hospital costs, according to a study conducted in Hawaii.

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