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The Truth about Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that is only legally available through a non-refillable prescription. Almost all Methamphetamine abused in the U.S. is made in illegal laboratories where production endangers the surrounding people and environment. Once sold and distributed, the drug addicts and endangers its users, harming people, families and communities.

Health Effects of Methamphetamine Use

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  • Increased heart rate
  • Extensive tooth decay and loss
  • Psychosis, with paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions
  • Destruction of dopamine receptors, leading to an inability to feel pleasure
  • Anxiety, mood disturbances, violent behavior
  • Extreme rise in body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • Changes in brain structure and function, memory loss
  • Convulsions
  • Death

Warning Signs of Methamphetamine Use

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  • Change in relationships with family, friends, others
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Mood changes or emotional instability
  • Periods of sleeplessness, increased activity
  • Hostile, angry, uncooperative, deceitful, or secretive behavior
  • Changes in speech, inability to speak intelligibly
  • Change in appearance, poor hygiene
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities, hobbies
  • Missing work or school
  • Complaints or comments from co-workers or teachers