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Things one should know about methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or simply meth, is a crystalline drug that is abused by people to get high and pleasure. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2012, more than 12 million people in the United States tried methamphetamine at least once. The shocking figures of meth addiction indicate the wide prevalence of the drug that is ranked second to marijuana in terms of illicit use.

Marine Corps veteran Christopher Rodden has summarized the effects of crystal meth. “It’s the most addictive, it’s readily available, it’s cheap. I started out smoking it, then snorting it. Then went to intravenous use. Very dangerous very powerful. You become completely powerless to this drug,” Rodden told NewsWest9.com.

Important facts about methamphetamine

Easy accessibility coupled with prolonged effects makes methamphetamine one of the most sought after drugs by people who look to get high. The dangerously addictive characteristics of the drug have resulted in its domination among the synthetic drugs available in the market. Here are some common facts about meth one should be aware of before using it:

  • A large percentage of domestic methamphetamine is manufactured in small-scale laboratories including kitchens, workshops, recreational vehicles and rural cabins.
  • Meth use by teenagers makes them prone to depressive disorders.
  • Users have a tendency to manifest violent behaviors.
  • Illegitimately produced methamphetamine may involve use of drain cleaner, ephedrine, antifreeze, lantern fuel, battery acid, hydrochloric acid, acetone (fertilizer), red phosphorus (matches or road flares) and lye.
  • Young people mostly abuse meth for its stimulating effects that may result in increased tendencies of unprotected sexual intercourse.
  • The impact of methamphetamine can be prolonged opposed to the limited effects of cocaine which does not exceed more than an hour.
  • If used during the gestation phase, use of the meth drug is linked to premature delivery, vaginal bleeding, abnormal-sized fetuses or accidental death of the mother.
  • The effect of the drug gets multiplied when consumed with alcohol, cocaine or opioids.

Side effects of meth use

Methamphetamine, before being listed as a controlled drug, was prescribed to soldiers to increase their attention level. Today, the drug is rarely used for medical purpose. The effects that are commonly experienced by meth users include increased attention span, excess physical activity and constant state of elation. Apart from the addictive properties of the drug, other side effects of meth use are:

  • Greater tendency to feel distracted
  • Nauseous feeling
  • Dry mouth
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty in remembering or retaining memory of events
  • Hostile behavior marked by belligerent attitude
  • Poor dental health
  • Sudden loss of weight
  • Irregular heart rhythm and high blood pressure

It has been found that meth users quickly develop tolerance to the drug resulting in dependence on it over a short period. Scientists and physicians warn against prolonged meth use as it may result in chest pain and unusual heartbeat. Meth abusers also exhibit signs of psychosis including paranoia, aggressive behavior, delusions or increased tendencies of harboring suicidal thoughts.

Path to recovery

Meth users mostly adopt a life akin to vagabonds or end up in prison as they resort to illicit tactics to procure money to fuel their drug habits. Depression and lack of self-esteem owing to prolonged meth use fill them with suicidal thoughts, thus, rendering early treatment imperative.

It is necessary to understand that addiction is not a disease, but just a problem that needs medical intervention in a timely manner. If you or a loved one is grappling with addiction to any kind of drugs including meth, it’s time to seek help from one of the substance abuse treatment centers in your vicinity. The 24/7 Recovery Helpline can assist you with all the required information on drug rehab centers or addiction recovery centers. You may call us at our helpline number 855-441-4405 or chat online with one of our representatives who can guide you to a reputed rehabilitation center for drug addiction in the U.S.

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