Meth, the common name for methamphetamines, is a highly addictive substance that has the potential for abuse and addiction. It is most commonly used in the form of a white, odorless powder that is water-soluble. Due to the levels of dopamine released into the brain, the pleasure-reward from taking methamphetamines is high. The withdrawal symptoms from meth, which may include schizophrenia-like psychosis, can last months, sometimes up to a year. This makes it very hard for those people addicted to meth to stop taking the drug without prolonged assistance. Studies show that chronic meth abusers damage the structure of their brain, particularly the areas governing emotion and memory.
According to the NSDUH (National Survey of Drug Use and Health) conducted in 2005, 10.4 million people in the US had tried meth. In Kansas, over 11% of admitted drug users to clinics are meth users. The most common form of meth found in Kansas is in “ice” which is often very cheap. 21 to 25 year olds comprised 20% of those who sought treatment for addiction to meth. Meth is a very addictive drug with severe long-term consequences. It is also very hard to stop taking due to the severe withdrawals. If you or someone you know need assistance with meth addiction, please see our website for a list of clinics that can help.
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