Going Nowhere Fast

by joan_young on December 30, 2012

stimulant abuse“Going nowhere fast” is a description of the millions that are on stimulants, particularly methamphetamine.

The Meth Task Force has done an excellent job of shining a bright light on the horrors of methamphetamine abuse. Those ugly pictures of some pitiful users are sure to stop a lot of people from ever trying the stuff. Most people don’t care to lose all their teeth, walk around with sores on their face or spend time in jail.

It’s pretty darn obvious that this illegal drug is really bad and has to be done away with. The violence of the cartels that sell meth would be reason enough to do away with meth, let alone the receding jaw lines and stone dead expression of some of those people featured in the ads. After watching the public service announcements, one wonders why anyone would take the risk of breaking the law to take something so awful. Most public should be getting the point that meth abusers are definitely on the wrong side of sensibility.

What about amphetamines and what is the difference in the two drugs? The first obvious difference is that methamphetamines are illegal and the amphetamines such as Ritalin, Adderal and Vivance are legal and promoted as being therapeutic, especially it seems, for children.

Another difference is a chemical one. Methamphetamine has an added chemical methyl – that is what the” meth” stands for. The methyl makes the drug more penetrable to the brain.

Another difference would likely be the side effects, especially in light of the fact that one is legal and the other is not.

Let’s examine those;

Methamphetamine side effects are reported to be elevation of blood pressure, tachycardia and palpitation. Side effects can also include psychotic episodes, dizziness, over-stimulation, insomnia, paranoia, tremors, restlessness, headache and loss of appetite, to name a few. Also there is damage to the brain and teeth.
Some of the side effects of the legal class of drug- amphetamine are; high blood pressure, tachycardia, paranoia, headache, nervousness, anxiety, loss of appetite, feelings of suspicion, paranoia and hallucinations. Also included in the list are those which require immediate medical attention and some of those are aggression, personality changes and psychosis indistinguishable from schizophrenia.

These drugs don’t seem that different in terms of what they can do to people. Both of them are central nervous system stimulants and can cause serious side effects that can affect mental and physical health and well-being.
Sure, the amphetamines are made by drug companies so the purity and dosage is more predictable, but one can always load up on the number of pills and change the dosage.

They are approved for your kids because your doctor says so, even if they wind up selling their dose for something better at school. Stimulants are so acceptable that the nurse gives them out and mothers talk to each other about their children’s symptoms of ADHD and what amphetamine they are taking to combat it.

Meth obviously isn’t OK at all. The police say so and God forbid if your child should get caught with it. It is stronger and more penetrable, so the damage comes faster and is easier to see, but on the other hand, why are prescriptions written for children that can have such awful side effects? They aren’t being written for life threatening diseases.
And still, at the end of the day they can both cause high blood pressure, loss of appetite, nervousness, paranoia etc. etc.

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