Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is an addictive man-made stimulant drug that comes in the form of a powder and can be made into a pill or a shiny rock called crystal. The powder can be eaten or snorted and can also be mixed with liquid and injected. Crystal meth is dangerous and can damage your body psychologically and physically. Crystal meth is often smoked in a small glass pipe and causes a quick rush of euphoria.
Meth is one of the most addictive and damaging drugs on the street. Some methods of administration cause a sudden rush of euphoria while ingesting it will not, but the high will last longer. The new methods of making meth has really altered the potency. As a result, meth today is much stronger than 10 years ago.
Other potent substances added to meth
Sometimes dealers cut today’s meth with heroin and other hard, potent drugs, increasing the risk of overdose. The combined high potency of drugs keeps a person coming back for more, and more often. A person who buys the drug might be unaware the meth is cut with other drugs. In its uncut form, meth is extremely dangerous and leads to many health complications, overdose, and death. When cut with other drugs, such as flakka, heroin, or fentanyl, the risks of death increase even more.
Health risks associated with meth use
- Dangerously high body temperature
- Severe itching
- Emotional problems, psychosis, and hallucinations
- Broken or rotting teeth (meth mouth)
- HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. When meth is injected, there is a high risk of contracting diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis, which can be deadly.
Meth can rapidly deteriorate a person’s behavior and appearance. It causes the individual to burn a lot of energy while not eating nutritious food. This leads to drastic weight loss and a sickly appearance. The skin has sores that do not heal and you develop the “shakes” in the hands or body. A mouth looks sunken as teeth become rotten.
Treatment is available
There are dangerous effects of meth use and addiction. The large amount of dopamine that is produced by meth triggers psychosis that can persist years after the drug use stops. Meth use also leads to organ failure, heart attack, stroke, and seizures. Meth addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, get help right away. Do not let the stigma of addiction prevent you from getting treatment. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone.
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