Health Editor’s Note: Methamphetamine, discovered in the 19th century, is a strong central nervous system stimulant that is highly addictive. Methamphetamine and dextromethamphetamine are illegally trafficked and sold for recreational use. A high dose of meth will cause a breakdown of skeletal muscle, bleeding in the brain, seizures, and psychosis. If taken over a longer period of time meth will produce unpredictable behaviors, as well as rapid mood swings, paranoia, delirium, hallucinations, delusions, and violent behavior. Unlike amphetamines, meth is neurotoxic to midbrain dopamine neurons and can damage serotonin neurons (those that make things seem okay) in the central nervous system (CNS) and will lead to a decrease in the volume of grey matter (major number of cells in the nervous system) in several brain regions. All in all, meth is quite destructive to the CNS….Carol
Increase in amphetamine-related hospitalizations
By Greg Portz/ Healthcare Investigations MedPage Today
Methamphetamine is making a comeback, and no one seems to be talking about it. With news of the opioid crisis consistently making headlines, the uptick in amphetamine-related hospitalizations is “totally off the radar,” one addiction researcher told Kaiser Health News.
KHN cites shocking statistics from JAMA about the drug’s resurgence. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations rose 245% from 2008 to 2015. In California, amphetamine-related deaths jumped 127% from 2008 to 2013. In some states, fatal meth overdoses outnumber those from heroin.