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About Drugs

All drug use affects the brain and the body.

How the brain and body are impacted differs depending upon the type of drug used, the amount used and the frequency of use.

Different types of drugs impact the brain and body in different ways depending upon the type of drug used and the frequency of use. Learn more about drug types below.


 What is it?

Methamphetamine is a seriously addictive stimulant and is most commonly a white, odorless and crystalline powder. According to treatment facilities in the state of Iowa, methamphetamine is one of the drugs most used by Iowans in the 30 days prior to admission.

 Side effects

Common short term effects include increased attention and activity, decreased appetite, euphoria or “rush,” rapid heartbeat and an increased body temperature. In the long term, consequences include addiction, paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive involuntary movements, brain structure changes, reductions in thinking and motor skills, memory loss, aggression, mood swings and severe dental problems.


Crank, crystal, meth, and ice are common slang terms for methamphetamines.


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