Methamphetamine is a stimulant
drug chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects on the central
nervous system. Street names for the drug include "speed," "meth,"
"crystal," and "crank." Methamphetamine is used in pill
form, or in powdered form by snorting or injecting. Crystallized methamphetamine
known as "ice," "crystal," or "glass," is a smokable
and more powerful form of the drug.
has three patterns: low intensity, binge, and high intensity. Low-intensity
addiction describes a user who does not have psychological addiction to the
meth but uses methamphetamine on a casual basis by swallowing or snorting it.
Binge and high-intensity abusers have a psychological addiction to meth and
prefer to smoke or inject methamphetamine to achieve a faster and stronger high.
Binge abusers use methamphetamine more than individuals with low-intensity meth
addiction but less than individuals with a high-intensity meth addiction.
symptoms included but are not limited to:
- long, disturbed periods
- intense hunger
- moderate to severe depression
- psychotic reactions
Meth withdrawal, length and severity
of depression is related to how much and how often Meth was used. Withdrawal symptoms including, cravings,
exhaustion, depression, mental confusion, restlessness, insomnia, deep or disturbed
sleep, may last up to 48 hours.