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Dominant Discoveries and The Darker Side Of Methamphetamine Drug Addiction

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. -P.J. O'Rourke //

Methamphetamine, a known stimulant, commonly used by college students, truck drivers and athletes was discovered in 1919. Originally intended for use as a nasal decongestant, it has been very long since the drug has been used for a therapeutic benefit. It was even used by soldiers during World War II to enhance their alertness. Ever since the time of introduction, the drug has only had disastrous consequences in many different communities of the world.

It is a highly stimulant drug, the effect of which is probably due to high levels of release of the neurotransmitter, dopamine into specific areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. Short-term use of the drug enhances physical activity and alertness. The stimulant effects last for several hours following intake, even at very small doses. Long-term use of the drug is found to be associated with addiction, characterized by compulsive drug seeking or craving, followed by drug use.

The drug can be snorted, smoked or injected. With decreasing effects of the drug, the drug users tend to display violent behaviour. Other conditions that can arise as a result of methamphetamine use include loss of memory and psychotic behavior. In addition, it also poses a serious threat of brain and cardiovascular damage and increases the risk of transmission of hepatitis and HIV.

Currently, no medications have been approved in the treatment of methamphetamine addiction. Managing methamphetamine drug addiction has been a significant challenge to the scientific community. At last, the untiring efforts of the pharmaceutical industry to seek a solution to drug abuse has been successful, with recent research that suggests t
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