A sheriffâ€™s deputy from Oregon compiled mugshots from methamphetamine users to create a database called â€śThe Faces of Methâ€ť to show citizens the dangers of using the drug. Pictured above left is a man after his first drug arrest. Above right is the same man after using meth. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the fifth of a multi-part series on met amphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Addiction. It can mean different things for different people.
For a cigarette smoker, it can mean a dependence to nicotine. For some, its a craving for sweets. Others may submerse their lives in alcohol.
Whitley County Drug Task Force Detective Bill Brice says that for methamphetamine users, itâ€™s more than an addiction â€” itâ€™s a lifestyle.
Officials say meth is more addictive than crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin or LCD.
â€śSmoking marijuana is typically more of a weekend drug. Cocaine is usually something that users only do at parties,â€ť Brice said. â€śBut with meth, itâ€™s not a party drug anymore. People are looking for that next fix.â€ť
Many people who have tried the drug say that they became addicted after the first high.
â€śThe high is very powerful,â€ť Brice said. â€śThey just have to have it.â€ť
When a person uses meth, the brain signals the bodyâ€™s â€śpleasure centerâ€ť to release all of its endorphins at once.
Endorphins, the â€śfeel goodâ€ť chemical of the body, can be triggered by a multitude of things, such as a mother holding her child, a young boy getting a bite of his favorite candy or an athlete hitting the game-winning shot.
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