Effects of Methamphetamine (Meth)

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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
  • Convulsions
  • Stroke
  • 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.

Sources:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/body/
http://drugabuse.gov/researchreports/methamph/methamph3.html
Image from: Partnership for a Drug Free America

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