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A Breakdown of Methamphetamine Abuse and Its Effects  

Author:  J. Matthew  Cronkhite, D.D.S..

Source: Volume 08, Number 03, March/April 2007 , pp.35-38(4)

Correctional Health Care Report

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One of the most significant problems facing America and the Department of Corrections today is the prevalence in the manufacturing and abuse of the drug known as methamphetamine. The drug is popular throughout the country because it is very potent, inexpensive, and easily produced from several widely sold and easily obtained components. Despite the low cost and common availability of its components, the actual manufacture of the drug is highly volatile and very dangerous and has resulted in numerous explosions of meth labs, causing death or serious injury to many people. The drug has numerous negative effects on the body, including rapid formation of addiction, brain alteration, unhealthy/excessive weight loss of the abuser, and deterioration of the teeth and periodontium (bone, gum, and connective tissues surrounding and supporting teeth)—a condition commonly known as “meth mouth.”

Keywords: Powder, Ice, Tablet, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, cariogenic bacteria, monoamines, treatment

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