Between 2001 and 2005 1,305 meth labs were seized in Colorado, and 1,511 users were admitted to facilities for treatment according to the National Substance Abuse Index. Street names for meth (methamphetamine) include “speed”, “ice”, and “crystal”. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) admissions for methamphetamines in Colorado increased by 9% between 1992 and 2006, although other admissions for cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol remained fairly steady throughout that period.
Meth is a stimulant which can be taken a number of ways including snorting and injecting. Those who inject run the risk of transmitting blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS and others. As a stimulant, it increases both alertness and physical activity. However, the negative effects of the drug include rapid and irregular heartbeat. Due to the effect that meth has on the brain, long-term users can exhibit violent behavior, mood issues, paranoia, hallucinations and delusions, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Some users lose their teeth in what is known as “meth mouth”. Those trying to withdraw from meth frequently relapse. As addiction is a disease, frequently professional help is needed for those living with the disease to manage it. If you are concerned that you (or another) may be suffering from meth addiction, our website has information on where you can seek help.
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