Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as “meth,” is a highly-addictive neurotoxic stimulant that is often referred to as “the most dangerous drug on earth,”

Crystal methamphetamine, the more pure form of the drug also known as “ice,” “crystal,” “crystal meth,” is an opaque crystalized rock that is abused in various methods. Powdered methamphetamine, aka “speed” or “tina,” is less potent and is created to form a white, bitter-tasting, odorless powder that can be snorted, smoked, eaten, dissolved in a drink, or heated and injected.

Crystal methamphetamine, the more pure form of the drug also known as “ice,” “crystal,” “crystal meth,” is an opaque crystalized rock that is abused in various methods. Powdered methamphetamine, aka “speed” or “tina,” is less potent and is created to form a white, bitter-tasting, odorless powder that can be snorted, smoked, eaten, dissolved in a drink, or heated and injected.

Genetic: Individuals who have a close relative such as a sibling or parent who struggles with addiction are more likely to develop an addiction later in life.

Biological: As the brain of chronic meth users slowly begins to deteriorate and becomes unable to naturally produce pleasurable sensations, meth addicts require the drug to feel any sort of pleasure.

Environmental: Individuals who grow up in a home that is rife with addiction are more likely to see drug abuse as a way to cope with emotional problems, which can lead to addiction later down the road.

Psychological: Many individuals who struggle with methamphetamine addiction have an untreated or undiagnosed mental illness. To manage the symptoms of the mental illness, some individuals do turn to substances to “self-medicate” the symptoms.