Methamphetamine In Australia

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Introduction Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Like amphetamine, methamphetamine causes increased activity and talkativeness, decreased appetite, and a pleasurable sense of well-being or euphoria. 9% of Australians say they have tried the drug at least once in their life (National drug and alcohol research centre, 2010).There is a large level of crime and environmental impact associated to meth. Meth breeds crime as many of the crime in Australia is drug related, this includes burglaries, theft, and even murder. Though the methamphetamine epidemic is a rising concern and perhaps the prohibition of drugs and laws against them needs to be changed to make a difference. Biochemistry…show more content…
Methamphetamine is considered a dopamine agonist because it blocks the reuptake process that reabsorbs extra dopamine in the synaptic cleft. A gradual build-up of dopamine occurs. So when a person takes methamphetamine, there is an increased level of dopamine that interacts with the dopamine receptors on the postsynaptic neurons and activates the mesolimbic system. The feelings of joy and general elevation of mood is reported to last 8-12 hours, which may take part in the positive reinforcement effects of taking methamphetamine (National Institute on Drug Abuse,…show more content…
102,600 people in Australia are dependent users. That is almost to population of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Fast action needs to take place for the minimization of this figure and the prevention of further growing dependent users. Unfortunately prohibition has come down late of the meth epidemic as it has grown to be one of the most damaging drugs in Australia, affecting many families everywhere. High on methamphetamine, there's no telling what a person would do if provoked - people have been killed for not owing up to a drug payment or coming through on a transaction. This type of crime requires a great deal of attention from the police, for which a town may not have the funding or the resources to spare. More money and more attention is needed to suffice this unforgiving

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