Teenage Methamphetamine Use

Posted: 4th July 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Meth use among teens has been declining in the last decade, according to data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study (YRBS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2009 teen meth use was only about a third of what it was in 2001 for both 10th graders and 12th graders. Despite the reduction in prevalence in certain sectors of the teenage population, crystal meth has become the most dangerous drug problem of small town America. Kids between 12 and 14 that live in smaller, rural towns are 104% more likely to use meth than those who live in larger cities.

Methamphetamine, also known as speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal, or glass, is an extremely addictive stimulant.  Meth is made up of a white, colorless, bitter-tasting powder that adversely affects the central nervous system, sometimes permanently damaging and depleting the dopamine and serotonin nerve terminals in the brain. Meth is often snorted, ingested orally, injected and smoked.  A meth user will often describe a feeling of having a “flash” or “rush” effect (a feeling of euphoria) after administering the stimulant.

Signs and symptoms of meth use may include: agitation, aggression, confusion, euphoria, or paranoia, as well as a reduced appetite, weight loss, memory loss, disturbed sleep, and quickened breathing. Unintended side effects include addiction; anorexia; convulsions and hyperthermia, which can lead to death; damage to brain cells and neurons; irregular heartbeat, respiratory problems, and stroke. Meth is extremely addictive, and signs of addiction include a marked increase in secrecy, inability to maintain attention, and changes in attitudes toward money and spending habits.


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