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Methamphetamine is an amphetamine that has been used in treating narcolepsy Parkinsons Disease and obesity When used illegally this drug which is also called crank speed ice chalk crystal and glass may cause a person to be paranoid and violent Crank can be smoked snorted sniffed injected or swallowed and looks like a pill powder or clear chalk crystals The drug was first originally synthesized in 1887 by a German Scientist Meth was forgotten until the 1930s when it was discovered that the drug could increase a persons blood pressure and was helpful in lung congestion Meth is a very powerful stimulant Very quickly the desire for the drug surpasses other interests- including the need for food sleep friends sex and family The effects of this drug are long-lasting Food and water become unimportant after taking it Seizures and death can occur Meth can cause angry hostile and anxious feelings violent behaviors confusion mental illness increased physical activity loss of appetite increased heart rate inability to sleep strokes can occur chest pain increased blood pressure irregular heart rate aids and HIV through the use of needles dependence tolerance addiction and can cause psychosis The use of Meth is going up In 1995 39 of high school seniors had used it Thats an increase of 27 since 1990 8 out of 10 people who try Meth will become addicted Famous people who have done Meth include- Chris Farley John Belushi and Mick Jagger The cost of doing Meth is very high too A user can spend up to 100 a day And sometimes spending 400-500 to support an addiction is not unusual The penalties are very severe for those caught with Meth Possession of any quantity of Meth can carry up to 7 years in prison Distributing Meth carries a penalty of up to 15 years Meth has become one of the most commonly used
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