Meth Abuse & Addiction in Orlando
What Is Meth?
Crystal meth, or meth, are two terms used for crystal methamphetamine. Meth is a drug that’s very potent and addictive. It affects the central nervous system, and it has no legal or medical uses in the United States. Crystal meth looks like pieces of glass or rocks. Meth is similar in structure to amphetamine, which is a drug that’s available by prescription and is used to treat symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.
Meth can also come as a powder or a pill. Meth can be used by inhaling or smoking it, swallowing it, snorting it, or injecting the dissolved powder in a liquid. When a person uses meth, they will likely feel high quickly, but that initial rush doesn’t last long.
When a person uses meth, it affects the level of dopamine in their brain. There is a sudden flood of dopamine into the brain which is why a person feels high. Some of the short-term effects of meth might include:
- Increased wakefulness
- Increased energy and activity
- Reduced appetite
- Rapid breathing
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
People often wonder, “What is meth?” and, “What is meth made of?” Crystal meth is made primarily with something called pseudoephedrine, which is in many cold medicines. Due to its use in meth-making, there have been limits placed on the purchase of medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Along with pseudoephedrine, meth can contain many other ingredients, most of which are harmful chemicals. For example, meth might include chemicals that are used as cleaners, and they may be very volatile and flammable.
Most of the meth in the United States comes from large labs in places like Mexico, but some people operate labs in America, including in their homes. Making meth is very dangerous and can lead to chemical explosions.