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Editorâs 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, itâs more than an addiction â itâs a lifestyle.
Officials say meth is more addictive than crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin or LCD.
âSmoking marijuana is typically more of a weekend drug. Cocaine is usually something that users only do at parties,â Brice said. âBut with meth, itâs not a party drug anymore. People are looking for that next fix.â
Many people who have tried the drug say that they became addicted after the first high.
âThe high is very powerful,â Brice said. âThey just have to have it.â
When a person uses meth, the brain signals the bodyâs âpleasure centerâ to release all of its endorphins at once.
Endorphins, the âfeel goodâ 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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