Drug Addicition: Meth (cont.)
Short term, in the beginning stages, people get "high" and the sensations they feel are euphoria, tons of energy, excited, supersensitive to body touch, and a brief period of time over extended use that turns into, as stated before, paranoia, itchy, restless feelings. So in the beginning, many addicts, and this is similar to other drugs, be it alcohol or other drugs, most people use it to feel better.
When it turns into addiction and crosses the line from abuse to dependency, the emotional "feeling good" disappears, and the addict typically keeps trying to chase that "feeling good" by continuing to use -- that is the cycle of addiction.
The meth addict tends to get agitated pretty quickly, irritable, hostile, angry and short-tempered. It creates a less than desirable "high" in the end and makes people do things they normally would not do under the influence, especially treat people that care about them, badly. Again, that's the cycle of addiction.
Meth has been around for a long time, but the methamphetamine went through a similar cycle, repackaged, made in a cheaper way and was hyped as the new speed, although some of its contents have been around for many years. Like many drugs it goes in cycles as being attractive. Heroin is another example -- 15, 20 years ago heroin was seen as the drug that most kids would not use and was seen as a highly addictive -- you had to be a street addict to use it. Over the years it was also repackaged and sold in the cheaper snortable way that made it an easier access for a younger population. The phenomenon is very similar, and it's the same we do with many things in our society with not just drugs.
We do the same things with tobacco and various other chemicals to get your attention. If you can get the attention of the adolescent adult, that's where the market is, whether it be a positive product or a negative product, such as meth and other drugs.
Heroin was repackaged in a way that it was a cleaner type of drug and made available in a cheaper way and snortable so you didn't have to shoot it up with syringes -- that made it more appealing to a younger group.
Methamphetamine -- making it a drug with easier access, making it cheaper, and again making it snortable. That's what I mean by repackaged and more appealing.
The amphetamine that was "prescribed" was a different mix of chemicals and a cleaner mix of chemical than methamphetamine. In its simplest form, amphetamine is a lab manufactured chemical and methamphetamine is a street manufactured chemical, cooked in somebody's house, garage, trailer or wherever, with various chemicals that were put together and cooked on the stove to make meth in uncontrolled environments, unlike the traditional amphetamines that were prescribed by physicians.
The addictive level in methamphetamine is many times over than the straight amphetamine prescription.
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