What Is Meth?

Meth is another name for methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug.

Meth is a stimulant to the central nervous system. When the drug enters the brain, it causes a large release of the neurotransmitter dopamine causing intense feelings of pleasure for the user.
Some long-term effects of Meth include:

  • Mood swings
  • Problems sleeping
  • Anxiety and confusion
  • Violent behavior
  • Psychosis (seeing/hearing/feeling things that are not there)
  • Severe weight loss
  • Involuntary movements/twitching
  • Skin sores from scratching
  • Severe dental problems (also known as “meth mouth”)
  • Problems with thinking, emotion and memory


How To Get Help If You Know Someone Addicted To Meth

If you, or someone you know, has a problem, talk to a trusted adult. Seek out local substance abuse treatment centers in your area for further help. A physician or counselor should be able to assist you in finding treatment centers.
You can also seek out local self-help groups such as

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