In a new book due out November 9th, tennis great Andre Agassi admits that he regularly used crystal meth in 1997 and lied to tennis authorities when he failed a drug test. A result that was thrown out after he said he “unwittingly” took the substance. The book, entitled Open: An Autobiography, will have excerpts printed in Sports Illustrated and People magazines this week. Agassi told People, “I can’t speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you’re using anything as an escape, you have a problem.”
Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, speed, chalk, ice crystal, or glass, is a Schedule II drug (see below) similar in structure to the stimulant amphetamine. However, it is more powerful and has longer, more harmful effects on the central nervous system. It can be taken orally, intra-nasally (snorted), injected into a vein, or smoked.Like amphetamine, methamphetamine causes increased activity,wakefulness,talkativeness, decreased appetite,and a improved sense of well-being. It can also cause increased respiration, rapid or irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure and body temperature.
Studies have shown many adverse effects of long-term methamphetamines:
According to the Controlled Substances Act, a Schedule II drug is one that:
Treatment for meth addiction , as for other addictions, is complex and must consist of a combination of acute medical support as well as long term cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial and family counseling.