Crystal Meth: History, Uses, and Abuses Research Paper

Crystal Meth: History, Uses, and Abuses
An overview of the effects of methamphetamine abuse, history of methamphetamine, and current trends associated with its use.
# 153802 | 878 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2014 | US
Published on Jan 28, 2014 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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This paper presents an interesting summary of the origins, history, use and abuse of methamphetamines. The paper begins with a brief look at its origins and production, continues with a review of why people start using the drug, and then takes a look at the effects incurred from abusing methamphetamine, as well as how the drug is acquired.

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"Chronic use produces additional effects. One of the primary effects of chronic use is developing a tolerance for the drug. The drug becomes more addictive with chronic use as well. The previously mentioned weight loss may be accomplished through constant use. Regular users may also develop symptoms of withdrawl. These symptoms may include depression and anhedonia. (Volkow) One of the most noticable effects of chronic use is decaying teeth. Finally, people that use methamphetamine regularly may experience drug related psychosis. It may last for months or even years after the user's last consumption. (Volkow)

"In certain instances overdose may occur. There are specific effects associated with overdose as well. Brain damage is one of the primary adverse effects associated with overdose. Once a person overdoses they may experience a feeling of flesh crawling. This is known as formication. Delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia are also effects associated with overdose. (Volkow) Rhabdomyolysis or muscle breakdown may also occur as a result of overdose. Rhabdomyolysis may lead to kidney damage or even failure. Death by cardiac arrest, stroke, or increased body temperature are also identified as effects of overdose. (Volkow):

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anglin, M. Douglas, et al. "History of the methamphetamine problem." Journal of psychoactive drugs 32.2 (2000): 137-141.
  • Cohen, Judith B., et al. "Abuse and violence history of men and women in treatment for methamphetamine dependence." The American Journal on Addictions 12.5 (2003): 377-385.
  • Molitor, Fred, et al. "Association of methamphetamine use during sex with risky sexual behaviors and HIV infection among non-injection drug users." Western Journal of Medicine 168.2 (1998): 93.
  • Volkow, Nora D., et al. "Association of dopamine transporter reduction with psychomotor impairment in methamphetamine abusers." American Journal of Psychiatry 158.3 (2001): 377-382.

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