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MET

MET, better known as Meth, is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting, crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. In comparison to similar stimulants, much higher levels of MTD (methadone) enter the brain. Making Methamphetamine a more potent stimulant drug. It also has longer lasting and more harmful effects on the central nervous system.

Most of the pleasurable effects of meth are believed to result from the release of very high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is involved in motivation, the experience of pleasure as well as motor function. MET releases approximately twelve times more  dopamine than what food, sex or other pleasurable activities release.

The elevated release of dopamine produced by meth is also thought to contribute to the drugs’ harmful effects on nerve terminals in the brain. It also reinforces drug-taking behaviour, making the user want to repeat the experience.

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