Home' Scoop : Scoop 54 Summer 2010 Contents METHAMPHETAMINE
Active ingredients Methylphenylpropanamine
Method of use Smoked, snorted, injected,
Short-term effects Acute psychosis,
paranoia, irritability, aggression, tremors,
tachypnea, blurred vision, stroke/heart attack.
Long-term effects Ulcers, skin disorders,
tooth decay, gum disease, heart and
cardiovascular degeneration, acute paranoia,
lung disease, violence and aggression,
memory loss, mental disorders similar
to schizophrenia, stroke/heart attack,
aneurism, anxiety, liver and kidney disorder.
Methamphetamine and crystal meth mix a high
dose percentage of two amphetamine classes.
As a drug of dependence, ice accounts for the
single greatest increase in criminal behaviour in
Australia within the last 10 years.
Method of use Eaten, injected.
Short-term effects Dizziness, diarrhoea,
exhaustion, anxiety/paranoia, irritability, loss
of concentration, dehydration, tremors.
Long-term effects Acute psychosis,
serotonin syndrome, hypertensive crisis,
panic attacks, delusions and hallucinations,
cognitive and memory impairment, delirium,
cardiogenic shock, vasculitis, haemorrhage.
Ecstasy users suffer short-term and long-term
verbal memory impairment, even on low
number doses. Analysis reports degeneration
in organisational and decision-making skills,
plus acute psychosis and cardiogenic shock,
occasionally causing death, and hallucinogen
perception disorder, which may be irreversible.
COCAINE/ CRACK COCAINE
Active ingredient Benzoylmethylecgonine
Method of use Eaten, snorted, injected,
Short-term effects Anxiety, restlessness,
paranoia, headache, vomiting, nosebleed.
Long-term effects Itching, tachycardia,
hallucinations, paranoid delusions,
tachyarrhythmia and increased blood
pressure, sleep disorders, nasal damage,
erectile dysfunction, Stevens-Johnson
Syndrome, stroke/heart attack.
While addictive traits are not as extreme as
other powdered drugs, cocaine’s relative
scarcity and prohibitive costs often lead to
financial ruin. Addiction to cocaine leads
to bingeing, resulting in nausea, muscle
twitches, rapid and weak pulses, heart attack,
seizures and stroke. Cocaine abusers present
with paranoid delusions, anxiety, violent and
aggressive behaviour and clinical depression.
Crack cocaine is the freebase form that can
be smoked, virtually unknown in Australia
because methamphetamine is thought to be
cheaper and less dangerous to move.
Active ingredient Diacetylmorphine
Method of use Injected, snorted, smoked, eaten, suppository.
Short-term effects Nausea/vomiting, sleepiness, severe motor skill impairment, loss of concentration/
balance, sexual dysfunction.
Long-term effects Collapsed veins, liver degeneration, skin lesions and abscesses, fatal respiratory
depression, severe brain damage/memory degeneration/ cognitive dysfunction, heart infection.
Heroin has long been regarded as the most addictive opioid. Heroin is said to be the most debilitating
drug in the short-term, sapping strength and agility. It is also seen as the most physically addictive:
withdrawals are noted for tremors, vomiting, excruciating cramps, nightmares and suicidal impulses.
Active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)
Method of use Smoked, eaten.
Short-term effects Acute psychosis, loss
of balance, anxiety/paranoia, drowsiness.
Long-term effects Impairment of lung
function, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer,
memory degeneration, inability to process
complex information, increased risk of heat
Long-term users often retreat from life and
are unable to cope with stress. Effects include
impairment of wit and intellect, severe memory
loss, feelings of inadequacy, greatly reduced
physical fitness and sexual dysfunction. Linked
to depression and increased youth suicide.
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