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Title: Effects of D-Methamphetamine: Base Line Assessment, Mexico Unit
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 16
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US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
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Johnstown, PA 15901-1622
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Law enforcement and medical personnel need to understand the nature and effects of d-methamphetamine, the main form of methamphetamine used.
Abstract: D-methamphetamine is now widely associated with Mexican polydrug trafficking organizations that clandestinely manufacture the drug using the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine method. The drug is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with physical and psychological effects similar to those of cocaine. Its street names include speed, crank, ice, meth, and go-fast. Low-intensity abusers swallow and snort it. Binge and high-intensity abusers are psychologically addicted and prefer to smoke or inject the drug to achieve a faster and stronger high. The binge pattern has seven stages in its cycle: rush, high, binge, tweaking, crash, normal, and withdrawal. The high-intensity abuse pattern usually does not include a condition of normalcy or withdrawal. Tweaking is the most dangerous stage for abusers, medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel. A tweaker has probably not slept in 3-15 days and as a result will be extremely irritable and paranoid. A tweaker needs no provocation to behave or react violently, but confrontation increases the chances of a violent reaction. Tweakers who are using alcohol have intensified negative feelings and associated dangers. Photographs, tables, figure, and 26 references
Main Term(s): Drug effects
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Toxic reactions
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