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Skin
Acne appears or worsens. Obsessive skin-picking often causes meth users` faces to be covered in small sores and scarring - the result of a common sensory hallucination of bugs crawling beneath the skin.
Facial Muscular and Fat
Meth, like other stimulants, suppresses appetite and can lead to undernourishment due to long periods without eating. Over time, the body begins consuming muscle tissue and facial fat, giving users a gaunt, hollowed-out appearance.
Teeth and Gums
"Meth Mouth" is caused by several factors; tooth enamel is dissolved by the harsh chemicals of the drug, the blood vessels contained in healthy gums and teeth shrink, increasing the rate of decay.
Increased Estimated Age
The combination of skin issues, facial fat and muscle loss, hygiene neglect and increased oral decay lead to the appearance of exaggerated aging, sometimes shockingly so.
Do you know someone who is suffering from an addiction to meth?
The drug known scientifically as methamphetamine (literally the methyl derivative of amphetamine) and popularly as meth for short or as speed is one of the most powerful that have ever been invented by man. It is prescribed by physicians for various purposes, but when it is abused, as it often is, it can be harmful or even fatal. All aspects of the drug will be discussed in the sections that follow.

Effects of Meth

Meth can have many physical effects on the user; among the most common are:

  • Slowed, Accelerated or Irregular Heartbeat
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite)
  • Irritability and Aggressiveness
  • Hyperactivity, Twitching and Restlessness
  • Blurred Vision and/or Dilated Pupils
  • Numbness and Dizziness
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Headache
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Acne
  • Drying or Flushed Skin
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • High or Low Blood Pressure

More severe symptoms, such as convulsions, stroke or heart attack, can occur. The drug can also cause death if taken in large enough quantities.


Among the psychological effects that can result from using meth are:

  • Euphoria
  • Insomnia
  • Alertness
  • Psychomotor Agitation (when people pace nervously around the room or otherwise make motions that serve no purpose)
  • Increase in Libido
  • Picking at the Skin
  • Hair Pulling
  • Paranoia
  • Obsessive Behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions of Grandeur
  • An Extreme Sense of being Very Powerful and Even Invincible

If the person is a chronic user or takes the drug in a sufficiently large dose, the result can be what is called amphetamine psychosis.

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Abuse and Addiction

Because it produces such pleasant feelings of euphoria, methamphetamine is widely used for recreational purposes. It is not physically addictive; however, withdrawal from the drug can produce psychological symptoms such as extreme depressionanhedonia, or an inability to enjoy the things in which they normally take pleasure. Not surprisingly, therefore, many relapse into meth use after being without it for that period. The relapse rate for meth is, in fact, one of the highest of any drug.

Addicts of meth may also neglect their health care, making themselves even more vulnerable to disease. Severe tooth decay, for instance, is one of the most common consequences of chronic meth use; the condition, indeed, is informally referred to as “meth mouth.”

Statistics report that in Hawaii, 48.2 percent of those in Hawaii who sought help in overcoming some sort of drug addiction had been using meth. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that the total weight of amphetamine stimulants produced each year throughout the world exceeds 551.13 short tons. There are more than 24.7 million meth users in the world around.

Recently, CBS conducted a survey on the use of methamphetamine among American teenagers. The results showed that one out of every thirty-three people in that age range had sampled the drug at one time or another and that fully a quarter of them said that it was easy to obtain. This is not surprising since meth — unlike many other illicit drugs — does not have to be transported across international boundaries or otherwise travel long distances before it reaches its final destination point. Besides, teenagers are the age group who are the most drawn to the ecstatic sensations that meth can produce. In recent years, though, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the use of meth by adolescents — specifically, those aged twelve through seventeen — has declined.


Statistics have also shown that meth has been involved in about 70 percent of all property crimes. Addicts often commit robbery and burglary in order to procure the money to buy the drug.

FAQs

  • Rehab for Meth Addiction

    As with any addictive drug, there are programs to help meth dependents recover from their habit and lead healthy, drug-free lives. Many institutes provide long-term residential care, which also includes detox, individual and group counseling, family therapy, and post-rehab options.
  • Legal Status

    Numerous countries around the world have laws that regulate the use of methamphetamine, and in those that have a federal form of government like the United States, the federal units also have their own such laws, the first of which were passed in 1983. The FDA classifies meth as a Schedule 2 drug, meaning that it has a “high potential for abuse” that can lead to severe physical or psychological dependence, but has nonetheless been accepted — often with severe restrictions — for certain medical purposes.