MAPP-SD, a project of Prairie View Prevention Services, Inc., is a comprehensive
Methamphetamine awareness and prevention project.
MAPP-SD is dedicated to:
awareness of Meth and the problems associated with its use, manufacture and
Provide, at no cost, professional Meth awareness and prevention education to
groups and organizations on a community, regional and statewide level;
Be a no-cost, ongoing resource for South Dakota citizens to deal with issues
rising from the manufacture, use and distribution of Meth.
How Meth Affects a User
Signs and Symptoms of Use
Short & Long Term Effects
Treatment and Recovery
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||"Poor Man's Cocaine" is one slang term for Meth
- for good reason. Meth generally costs the same or less than crack
cocaine (ranging from $25 to $100 per gram) but because the user's body
metabolizes it more slowly, the high lasts much longer. Users tend to
believe they get "more bang for their buck" with Meth. An intense rush is
felt almost immediately when a user smokes or injects Meth. Snorting the drug
affects the user about five minutes later; it takes about twenty minutes for the
rush to kick in if a user ingests Meth.
"Honeymoon" on Meth
Meth initially sends a message to the pleasure
center in your brain. When you first use Meth, you might feel alert, full
of energy and self-confident. Your brain is releasing dopamine -
a brain chemical that carries messages between brain cells.
Dopamine is associated with feelings
of pleasure, usually after food or sex.
Hours after taking Meth, your brain cells
release an enzyme that stops the dopamine
flow. If you keep taking Meth, you will
potentially lose your ability to experience
Continued use of Meth does more than
destroy a person's ability to experience
pleasure naturally. Chronic use can
create a tolerance for the drug,
a person to try to intensify the desired
effects by taking increasingly
taking it more frequently or changing their
method of getting
high. To support their habit, Meth users often participate in
spur-of-the-moment crimes such as burglaries. Under the influence of Meth,
people become agitated and feel wired. Their behavior becomes
unpredictable from moment to moment. They may start doing the same thing
over and over, like taking apart and reassembling bits of machinery, or
continuously picking at imaginary bugs under their skin.
Meth users suffer the same
addiction cycle and withdrawal symptoms as do crack cocaine users. Both
drugs lead to binging - consuming the drug continuously for three or more days
without sleep. While cocaine binges rarely last longer than 72-hours, Meth
binges can last up to two weeks. The user is then driven into a severe
depression followed by paranoia and aggression (known as
heavy cocaine users experience paranoia, it almost always disappears once the
binge ends. With Meth, severe mood disturbances, bizarre thoughts and
behavior may last for days - sometimes weeks - and the user loses a grip on
Meth use causes both
short- and long-term affects -
physical as well as mental. Some people mistakenly believe Meth is less
harmful than crack, cocaine or heroin, but because of the
ingredients used in
its manufacturing, there is a greater chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke
or serious brain damage with Meth than with other drugs. It is far more
dangerous than the Meth which was popular back in the 1950s and '60s.
Today's ephedrine-based Meth can kill you.