Former “The Hills” star Stephanie Pratt recently admitted to having a meth addiction and suffering from bulimia in her new biography, “Made in Reality.” Pratt became dependent on crystal meth at 16 or 17 while attending the Crossroads School for Arts and Science in Santa Monica, and she would take it about 12 or 13 times a day.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant and is listed as a drug on Schedule II of the DEA Schedule of Drugs. Desoxyn is the one FDA-approved medication containing methamphetamine. Meth and crystal meth are the illegal versions of methamphetamine made in illicit labs.
It looks like a white crystalline powder that has no odor and tastes bitter. A Schedule II drug has a high risk for dependence and harmful effects. Meth gives powerful stimulating effects to abusers. People who have meth addiction require treatment to enter recovery.
Meth addiction is a growing problem in the US because it is cheap and readily available. Meth is manufactured from over-the-counter cold medication ingredients, so it is less expensive than other drugs. The availability makes it a drug of choice among many substance abusers who then become involved in meth addiction.
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Since meth is manufactured from drugs for colds available in retail stores, the lower cost makes it attractive to many substance abusers, who then become involved in meth addiction.
Manufacturing methamphetamine also involves other easily purchased/stolen and unsafe chemicals. Examples are acetone and fertilizer. Ingesting these chemicals is dangerous as well as is the residue remaining from meth production.
Methamphetamine can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, or dissolved and injected with a needle. Smoking or injecting meth delivers it very rapidly to the brain, producing a quick and intense euphoria. This “rush” passes fast, so repeated doses are needed to maintain the state of euphoria.
. Intense sensation
. Short-lived euphoria
. Crash after the euphoria
. Weight loss
. Rapid breathing
. High blood pressure
. Heart damage
. Brain damage
. Acute paranoia
. Violent outbursts
. Significant weight loss
. Tooth loss
. Memory loss
. Vital organ damage
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