Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal and ice, is an extremely addictive stimulant. This drug can be smoked, taken orally, snorted, or injected. It is said that the “rush” produced by meth can cause a user to become extremely addicted after just one use. Like crack, meth is often used on a binge because each time the high gets shorter and shorter. The meth used in the United States is typically made in an underground super lab located within the U.S. or Mexico.
Meth can have severe effects on the brain when it is used over a long period of time. Since the amount of dopamine in the brain is increased as a result of meth intake, using the drug can change the chemistry of these neurotransmitters and ultimately lead to addiction. Other impacts to a user’s health include insomnia, extreme paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, extreme weight loss, skin sores due to scratching during hallucinations and severe dental problems known as “meth mouth.”