Methamphetamines, often referred to as meth, speed, crack, chalk, ice, crystal or glass, is a dangerous addictive stimulant that has long-lasting effects and is highly toxic to the dopamine nerves in the central nervous system. In some areas of the United States, the use of methamphetamines is decreasing but it is still a problem in the majority of the country.
Short-term and long-term effects of methamphetamine use include rapid heart rate, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure and a rise in body temperature.
Aside from these harmful side effects, consistent methamphetamine use may result in the person becoming more agitated with frequent mood swings, anxiety and deep depression, confusion and violence.
It is very important that if you or someone you know is using or abusing methamphetamines, you seek help immediately from a drug rehab center to help you quit using and learn how to live your life without the temptation of using again.