April 7, 2006, Newsletter Issue #77: Short Term Effects

Tip of the Week

As a powerful stimulant, methamphetamine, even in small doses, can increase wakefulness and physical activity and decrease appetite. A brief, intense sensation, or rush, is reported by those who smoke or inject methamphetamine. Oral ingestion or snorting produces a long-lasting high instead of a rush, which reportedly can continue for as long as half a day.

Methamphetamine has toxic effects. The large release of dopamine produced by methamphetamine is thought to contribute to the drug´s toxic effects on nerve terminals in the brain. High doses can elevate body temperature to dangerous, sometimes lethal, levels, as well as cause convulsions.

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