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Meth Side Effects

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects on the central nervous system. Street names for the drug include "speed," "meth," "crystal," and "crank." Methamphetamine is used in pill form, or in powdered form by snorting or injecting. Crystallized methamphetamine known as "ice," "crystal," or "glass," is a smokable and more powerful form of the drug.

Methamphetamine use has spread to all areas of the United States and continues to be on an upswing. Estimates from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) indicate that methamphetamine-related emergency room episodes increased 346 percent from 1991 to 1995.

Physiological effects of methamphetamine use include:
Abnormally high blood pressure; rapid and irregular heart rate and rhythm; seizures; damage to blood vessels in the brain (stroke); accumulation of excess fluid in lungs, brain tissue and skull; continuous/excessive dilation of the pupils; impaired regulation of heat loss; Hyperpyrexia (body temperatures higher than 104°); internal bleeding; damage to other organs caused by disruption of blood flow; and breakdown of muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure.

Similar to other drug substances, smoking and inhaling meth damages the lungs and nasal passages, and intravenous use can lead to spread of the AIDS virus.

Meth side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Auditory hallucinations (hearing "voices")
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Aggression
  • Suspiciousness, severe paranoia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Long periods of sleep ("crashing" for 24-48 hours or more)
  • Prolonged sluggishness, severe depression
  • Weight loss, malnutrition, anorexia
  • Itching (illusion that bugs are crawling on the skin)
  • Welts on the skin
  • Involuntary body movements
  • Paranoid delusions

 

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