Meth (methamphetamine) is a stimulant, which affects the central nervous system. Between 2001 and 2005, 984 meth labs were seized in Florida, according to the National Substance Abuse Index. In those years, only 1,535 people in Florida were admitted for treatment for meth addiction. Meth lab seizures have increased significantly in recent years, between 2007 and 2009 in Florida meth lab seizures increased by 148%, well above the national average rise of 76%. The data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) seems to indicate a broad decrease in the number of people using methamphetamines nationwide.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the short-term effects of taking meth include a rush, increased wakefulness or alertness, and decreased appetite. There are, however, very serious risks when taking meth including changes in brain structure, anxiety, violent and aggressive behavior, and even severe dental problems (also known as “meth mouth”). Addiction is also another long-term side effect of taking meth. Addiction is a disease. It's in a class of chronic, relapsing diseases. Addiction can be treated, and managed successfully, but it does not mean that the person will be completely “cured”, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you are worried about whether you are addicted to meth, please visit our website; there you will find a list of facilities and services to help you treat and manage your disease.
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