Effects of Methamphetamine (Meth)
Meth is a drug that has become increasingly popular over the years; however, its effects on the body and brain are far worse than that of many other drugs. Many users say they crave the high because it gives them a great sense of pleasure followed by feelings of euphoria. These results may also be experienced with “increased energy, focus, confidence, sexual prowess and feelings of desirability” (www.pbs.org).
Meth & the Brain:
- Prolonged use destroys dopamine receptors (which create the feeling of pleasure in the brain)
- Can also lead to psychotic behaviors, including paranoia, insomnia, delusions, hallucinations, and even death
Meth & the Body:
- Destroys tissues and blood vessels, leaving the body incapable of repairing itself as it usually would
- The skin is damaged; sores do not heal as quickly and acne may appear, in many cases making the person look years older.
- May result in tooth decay or loss
“Meth mouth” is characterized by broken, discolored and rotting teeth. (www.pbs.org)
Meth & Sex:
- Impairs judgment while heightening the libido, leaving individuals more likely to engage in risky behaviors
- Many users take more than one drug at a time, which increases the chances of contracting different STD’s
Other Effects of Meth:
- Liver damage
- Increased heart rate
- Lowered resistance to illness
Meth is highly addictive and can change a person’s life in as little as one use. Meth alters the body both inside and out, and in many cases the damages are irreversible.
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