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Allentown is the third most populated city in the state of Pennsylvania. With the fastest growing population in the state, Allentown has a total population of 118,032 according to the 2010 census. Located in Lehigh County, along the Lehigh River, Allentown is the largest of 3 cities in the Lehigh Valley. The city is home to two four-year colleges, Cedar Crest College and Muhlenberg College. As well as home to the tourist attraction, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, a very popular amusement park. Allentown is a two time winner of the “All American City Award”.
Just as Pennsylvania’s two larger cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Allentown is victim to drug trafficking because of the Interstate Highway System, Pennsylvania Turnpike and Lehigh Valley International Airport. This makes it a prime location for drugs to be come threw to make it to other destinations or to be sold on the streets of Allentown itself. The College students and other young people of Allentown easily fall victim to drug addiction. Methamphetamine seems to be the drug of choice for young adults in Allentown.
Methamphetamine has many names, such as “speed,” “meth,” “crystal,” “crank” and “ice”. It is a synthesized chemical made from the drug ephedrine and other toxic chemicals, produced in laboratories throughout the United States. It is a central nervous system stimulant from the amphetamine family. Methamphetamineis commonly smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally. It’s appearance varies depending on how it is used. It is commonly a white, odorless, bitter-tasting powder that easily dissolves in water. Because much of the methamphetamine in the U.S. is homemade, its color and appearance can vary according to the skill of the chemist and the raw materials used. Methamphetamine is known for its stimulant properties on the human body, which is what draws in its users. Producing desired effects of euphoria, hyper-excitability, alertness and energy, the effects of Methamphetamine are long lasting. It is frequently confused with other legal and illegal drugs that share similar symptoms, such as amphetamine, 4-methyl-aminorex(ice), ephedrine, caffeine, and other chemicals. Other effects of Methamphetamine includes, extreme nervousness, accelerated heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, restlessness, insomnia, tooth grinding, incessant talking, and other effects. Other effects include elevated blood pressure, heart rate, and other general symptoms of increased nervous activity, hyperthermia (extreme rise in body temperature as high as 108 degrees), and convulsions. Hyperthermia and convulsions sometimes can result in death. When methamphetamine is taken in large doses over a long period of time can develop an amphetamine psychosis, which is similar to paranoia, causing hallucinations, delusions, and extreme paranoia.
Why many can’t just quit abusing Methamphetamine
After a long period of time abusing Methamphetamine the body begins to develop a tollerance, requiringmore of the drug to have the same effects. The body soon becomes dependent and when stopping use of the drug withdrawal symptoms will occur. Users may experience fatigue, insomnia, irritability, intense hunger, and depression. Many who try to stop these symptoms kick in and deter them and they begin using again. Because Methamphetamine is such a highly addictive drug help from a rehab treatment facility is typically required to recover from the addiction.