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Short-term Effects: From High to Low
- Feelings of great happiness
- Sense of well-being
- Increased alertness/wakefulness
- Increased stamina
- Decreased appetite
- Increased sexual arousal
Signs of Abuse
- Rapid weight loss
- Dilated pupils
- Dry or itchy skin
- Impaired speech
- Tooth grinding
- Difficulty sleeping
- Shortness of breath
- Constant talking
- Lack of interest in normal activities
- Severe depression
Long-term Health Consequences
- Aggressive, violent behavior
- Tremors and/or convulsions
- Seeing and hearing things that are not there
- The false belief that people or things are trying to harm you
- Schizophrenia-like psychosis
National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.nida.nih.gov
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration http://www.samhsa.gov
Canadian Mental Health Association http://www.cmha.ca
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
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Methamphetamine abuse and addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Report Series website. Available at http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchReports/methamph/methamph2.html. Updated September 2013. Accessed October 30, 2013.
Methamphetamine frequently asked questions. KCI: The Anti-Meth Site website. Available at: http://www.kci.org/meth%5Finfo/faq%5Fmeth.htm. Accessed October 30, 2013.
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What is crystal meth? Foundation for a Drug-Free World website. Available at: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/crystalmeth.html. Accessed October 30, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013
- Update Date: 10/30/2013