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What is methamphetamine?

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From the DEA

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug with potent central nervous system (CNS) stimulant properties.

In the 1960s, methamphetamine pharmaceutical products were widely available and extensively diverted and abused. The placement of methamphetamine into schedule II of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) in 1971 and the removal of methamphetamine injectable formulations from the United States market, combined with a better appreciation for its high abuse potential, led to a drastic reduction in the abuse of this drug.  

However, a resurgence of methamphetamine abuse occurred in the 1980s and it is currently considered a major drug of abuse. The widespread availability of methamphetamine today is largely fueled by illicit production in large and small clandestine laboratories throughout the United States and illegal production and importation from Mexico.

In some areas of the country methamphetamine abuse has outpaced heroin and cocaine.

Methamphetamine is abused for its stimulant and euphoric effects. It can be taken orally, snorted, smoked, and injected. Smoking or injecting methamphetamine results in intense euphoria and is often associated with binge use, large escalation in dose with rapid tissue tolerance, and high rates of dependence and addiction.

"Ice," "Glass," and "Crystal" are all terms for concentrated d-methamphetamine HCl chunks that are smoked. Yaba is a Thai name for a colored tablet containing methamphetamine combined with caffeine which is gaining popularity among individuals who frequent "raves."

You can take a look at what meth looks like in its different forms here.

According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12.84 million individuals, ages 12 and older, reported illicit use of methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime.

In 2010, 1.17 million reported illicit use of methamphetamine.

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