Methamphetamine Use in America

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According to the research findings, it can, therefore, be said that methamphetamine use has significant short-term psychological side effects such as paranoia, anger, panic, hallucinations, confusion, and convulsions. Many of these lead to violent aggressive acts and suicide. The drug methamphetamine, which also goes under the street names meth, crystal or crank, is a major issue in modern American society. In general, the drug is easy to produce and highly accessible. With the proper chemicals, which are available over the counter, one can produce methamphetamine with little skill or experience. The drug was first synthesized by the Japanese chemist A. Ogata in 1919 and was used extensively by both sides during World War II with the intent of keeping soldiers awake and energized. In the United States, methamphetamines first entered the country at the beginning of the 1930s. Though initially snorted, by the 1960’s most users were injecting the drug into their bloodstream to reach a more intense high. Intense users would go on intense injection sprees using amphetamines for days until overcome by physical exhaustion or psychosis. Furthermore, these individuals would develop aggressive behavior, physical weakness, and profound emaciation. It is interesting to note that during this period, amphetamine abuse gradually decreased as the police and federal government tightened controls on amphetamine production. Furthermore, the Drug Enforcement Administration and medical licensing boards began to enforce severe penalties on physicians who over-prescribed the drug.