Monday, March 29, 2010

Worlds Most Dangerous Drug

Methamphetamine is one of the hardest drugs to quit. Its abuse is ravaging rural communities and cities alike. NGC correspondent Lisa Ling goes inside this global epidemic to find out what makes meth so addictive and destructive.

Methamphetamine, also known as metamfetamine (INN), dextromethamphetamine, methylamphetamine, N-methylamphetamine, and desoxyephedrine) is a psychoactive stimulant drug. It increases alertness and energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase sexual pleasure.

Methamphetamine has high potential for abuse, activating the psychological reward system by increasing levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. Methamphetamine is FDA approved in the United States for the treatment of ADHD and exogenous obesity, under the trademark name Desoxyn.

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Methamphetamine: Its History, Pharmacology, and Treatment  Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture 8th edition National Geographic: World's Most Dangerous Drug

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drugabuse.gov Wikipedia - Methamphetamine

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