Why is Meth So Addictive?
Although the opioid crisis has been in the news a lot recently, America also continues to struggle with another deadly addiction: methamphetamine. Meth is a powerful, dangerous stimulant that can be swallowed, injected, or smoked. Amphetamines were discovered in the late 1800s, and methamphetamine was first synthesized in 1919. Methamphetamine was used by soldiers during WWII and as a weight loss drug until the 1970s, when it became a schedule II drug (source). Why was meth so popular, and why did the government become concerned about regulating its use? Methamphetamine causes the brain to release vast amounts of the neurotransmitters involved in the brain’s “reward system”. This means that soon after taking meth, the user experiences an almost immediate sense of euphoria and energy. The effects are so rapid and intense that some ex-users reported feeling addicted after only using the drug once or twice! (source) Even compared to other extremely addictive substances (such as opioids), meth addiction happens very rapidly for some people. So why is meth so addictive in particular? Continue reading Why Is Meth So Addictive?