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Methamphetamine is of the phenethylamine and amphetamine class drugs. It can be prescribed in small doses for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity and is commonly used as a recreational drug which is also illegal in the United States which is why it is commonly tested for at home and in workplaces. Different street names for the drug are meth, crank, chalk, ice, glass, shabu or speed. It affects the central nervous system (neurotoxic) and is highly addictive. This extremely potent chemical is a stimulant that is taken orally, smoked or snorted or injected by users.

Smoking or injecting meth delivers it quickly to the brain and produces a state of euphoria or stimulation. This feeling is short lived and then has a “come down” very quickly therefore more is taken and this creates the dependency or addiction. It is a “binge and crash” pattern and most people report getting hooked from the first use. Meth addiction is one of the hardest drug addictions to treat and according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million people, 0.4 percent of the population, reported using meth the past year.

The sooner you stop, the better it will be

Methamphetamine works on the brain by increasing the neurotransmitter, dopamine, which controls the pleasure and reward center of the brain and is also responsible for fueling the brain’s areas for motivation and motor function. One of these particular dopamine receptors is said to be seen in sensation-seeking people, more commonly known as "risk takers” so meth also provides the person with a sense of confidence or ability to do things less inhibited. Other symptoms of meth abuse are anxiety, insomnia and mood problems, feeling confused and violent behavior.

Severe problems surmounting from meth use can be paranoia, psychotic episodes, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions. As the nervous system is affected, sometimes the person may feel there are bugs or insects under the skin which causes them to scratch and produce sores. The effects of meth use can be very long lasting. A recent study even showed higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease among past users of methamphetamine. It can even change the structure of your brain over time. “Meth Mouth” is also a term used for severe tooth decay and loss of teeth due to a dry mouth and grinding ones teeth with the chronic use of meth.

The Meth test at Home:-

What happens if you want to stop using meth? The sooner you stop, the better it will be. It is hard to think that at first as the withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety, fatigue, and an intense craving for the drug. However, the short AND long term effects are much worse. You may use meth or have a loved one who does and need to have a test done to see if it is in the body’s system. You can see a doctor or you can just test at home in your own privacy. There are many home drug test kits now that can accommodate your needs. They can be saliva, blood or urine and are very effective and simple to use with results in just minutes.

Meth/X (Methamphetamine and Ecstasy)

Methamphetamine has been called one the biggest drug epidemics of modern society. It is extremely addictive and although portrayed as a drug used in lower socio economic groups, it can be used by anyone and not go detected until there are serious problems with someone’s health or mental state.

Ecstasy use has been rising again in recent years. About 14.2 million American have reported using ecstasy at least once. High school seniors are some of the biggest users but its use is prevalent in all age groups. Ecstasy is often taken with other drugs including marijuana, ketamine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and alcohol.

If you would like to know more about methamphetamine and ecstasy or need information on drug testing or what support is out there, check out the following resources.

National Helpline: Get Help: www.samhsa.gov Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: www.drugfree.org Helpline: 1855 DRUG FREE (1-855-378-4373)

National Institute on Drug Abuse: www.drugabuse.gov

Home Test for Methamphetamine: www.hometests.com

Home test for Ecstasy: www.hometests.com

Drug rehab programs: www.luxury.rehabs.com