Methamphetamine is part of the amphetamine drug family - a group of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system (amphetamine-type stimulants). Methamphetamine can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected. Methamphetamine produces desired and undesired effects on the body. The initial effects last for 2 to 12 hours (depending on how much is consumed) but it can take days for the drug to leave the body. There are also undesired or harmful effects that can persist for months to years after cessation of methamphetamine use. Methamphetamine affects movement of the body in both the short and longer-term.
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Methamphetamine causes abnormally high levels of a chemical in the brain called dopamine. Abnormally high levels of this brain chemical damage neurons (cells) in the brain that are important for movement. Evidence has shown that using methamphetamine, or other stimulant drugs such as ecstasy, can have long-lasting effects on your movement.
Using these drugs as few as five times can lead to a noticeable tremor or shaking in your hands, decreased coordination, and problems using your hands to complete tasks, such as using your phone. Using methamphetamine also increases the risk of developing an uncurable movement disorder called Parkinson’s disease later in life.
Some people who use methamphetamine on a regular basis may also experience heart, lung, and kidney problems; malnutrition; dental problems; skin problems, and increased risk of infection.
People who use regularly may also experience social, legal, financial, and/or emotional problems.
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