Methamphetamine, or simply “meth”, is a synthetic drug which acts as a euphoric stimulant to the central nervous system. Meth has a high potential of causing addiction and dependence, even after only a few uses. Ingestion of meth causes an increase in production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These are two of the neurotransmitters thought to be associated with feelings of euphoria and pleasure, giving meth a dangerous potential for addiction.
Meth has traditionally been used in a clinical setting to treat narcolepsy, hyperkinesia, ADHD, and obesity. It is also produced illegally by combining several common household chemicals and over-the-counter cold remedies. Meth production is a relatively simple process that can easily be executed in home “labs”. On the street it is referred to as crystal, crank, glass, or speed. Its abuse has become an epidemic in American society due to its high potential for addiction.