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Methamphetamine versus Cocaine

Methamphetamine vs. Cocaine, full description provided below.Methamphetamine vs. Cocaine

Methamphetamine

  • Stimulant
  • Man-made
  • Smoking produces a long-lasting high
  • 50% of drug is removed from the body in 12 hours
  • Increases dopamine release and blocks dopamine re-uptake
  • Limited medical use

Cocaine

  • Stimulant and local anesthetic
  • Plant-derived
  • Smoking produces a brief high
  • 50% of the drug is removed from the body in 1 hour
  • Blocks dopamine re-uptake
  • Limited use as a local anesthetic in some surgical procedures

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