SHOP - Student Health Outreach & Promotion: Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
What is methamphetamine?
How is methamphetamine used?
Why do people take methamphetamine?
Are there short-term dangers of taking methamphetamine?
Are there long-term consequences to taking methamphetamine?
How do I recognize a problem with methamphetamine?
Is methamphetamine addictive?
I Is methamphetamine illegal?
How do I help a friend who's having trouble with drugs?
Resources at UCSC and in Santa Cruz
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Even when taken in small amounts, methamphetamine can result in
- increased wakefulness
- increased physical activity
- decreased appetite
- increased respiration
- rapid heart rate
- irregular heartbeat
- increased blood pressure
- hyperthermia (heat stroke)
Long-term use can lead to psychotic conditions, including paranoia, auditory or visual hallucinations, and delusions. These symptoms can last for months to years after methamphetamine use has stopped. For people with HIV, methamphetamine abuse can worsen the progression of HIV.
Other long-term risks include:
- problems with muscle rigidity and tremors
- reduced motor speed and impaired verbal learning
- emotional and cognitive problems
- extreme anorexia
- memory loss
- severe dental problems
- increased risk of stroke
For intravenous (IV) methamphetamine users, there is increased risk of hepatitis or HIV infection, and endocarditis (inflammation of the inner layer of the heart).
Some, but not all, of the effects of methamphetamine use have been shown to be reversible. One study showed an association with abstaining from methamphetamine use and improved performance on motor and verbal memory tests. However, function in other affected areas of the brain did not show improvement, even after 2 years of abstinence, indicating that some methamphetamine-induced changes are long lasting.
Some danger signs are:
- More frequent use
- Needing more and more to get the same effect
- Spending time thinking about using the drug
- Spending more money than you have on it
- Missing class or failing to finish assignments because of methamphetamine
- Making new friends who do it and neglecting old friends who don't
- If you find it's hard to be happy without it
- Erratic or unpredictable behavior.
Treatment for addiction requires both prescribed medication and behavioral therapy. Because the methamphetamine has trained users to associate all pleasure with the drug, they often need counseling to help them cope with their cravings, examine the issues that led to the abuse, and help them avoid situations that may cause a relapse.
Student Health Outreach & Promotion (SHOP)831-459-3772
SHOP provides confidential appointments for drug or alcohol concerns. SHOP is located in the Student Health Center, across the street from Colleges 9 & 10. As you walk up the ramp to the Health Center, SHOP is located in the building on your left, next to the Pharmacy.
Student Health Services831-459-2500
Confidential walk-in or appointment health care
Counseling & Psychological Services831-459-2628
CPS staff provides the UCSC community with a wide range of mental health services, including short-term individual and couples counseling, group counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, and referral services.
Santa Cruz County's Alcohol and Drug Abuse help pages. If you think that you, a family member, or a friend has an alcohol or drug problem, you've come to the right place.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous831-429-7436 HOTLINE (24 hour)
Call for current open meeting schedules. Disabled Accessibility.
P.O. Box 1481
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Self-help (non-religious) fellowship group for those who cannot control their marijuana use and are experiencing adverse effects in other areas of their life. No fee is charged.
National Institute on Drug Abusehttp://www.drugabuse.gov/DrugPages/Methamphetamine.html
NIDA drug pages have research reports, statistics and information on addiction.
Mind over Matterhttp://teens.drugabuse.gov/mom/mom_meth1.php
Information about the effects of methamphetamine on the body.
Frontline: The Meth Epidemichttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/
Stream this PBS program to learn more about methamphetamine in the United States, including the geographic progression of the epidemic, the drug’s impact on child abuse and neglect, and the regulation of over-the-counter drugs to decrease production. Also included on the web site is additional information on methamphetamine, FAQs, videos, maps, and other interactive features.
A five-part series on methamphetamine published in The Oregon.