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Teen Meth Abuse FAQs

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Meth is a stimulant that increases energy, alertness, and feelings of pleasure. The full chemical name is methamphetamine. Although it is mostly used recreationally, methamphetamine has some medical uses and can be prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and obesity.

Meth works by increasing levels of dopamine in brain cells. Besides the desired effects of meth, it causes the following negative, short-term effects of meth such as fast heart rate, faster than normal breathing, higher blood pressure, increased wakefulness, and lowered appetite. Long term-effects of meth use include addiction, anxiety, compulsive scratching, meth sores, memory problems, and weight loss.

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