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Methamphetamine (P)

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is potentially a very addictive drug. It belongs to a group of drugs known as ‘Stimulants’ and works by releasing high levels of the brain chemical dopamine, stimulating brain cells, enhancing mood and body movement. It is classified as a Class A drug.

What are some of the ‘Street’ names for Methamphetamine?

In New Zealand it is most commonly known as P but other names include Meth, Speed, Pure, Crystal, Ice, Crystal Meth, Crank and Glass.

How do people use it?

Methamphetamine can be snorted, smoked, injected or eaten.

What are some of the short term effects?

The short term effects include increased alertness, paranoia, hallucinations, insomnia, loss of appetite and many more.

What are some of the long term effects?

Long term effects can include fatal kidney and lung disorders, brain damage, depression, violent and aggressive behavior, lowered resistance to illness and weight loss.

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