Methamphetamine

Also known as crystal meth.

Description

Crystal meth is a highly addictive and dangerous drug that gives off a feeling of euphoria and makes you feel confident, energetic and powerful. It is a stimulant and comes in many forms such as:

-pills

-powder (which can be mixed in water or alcohol, is odorless and bitter-tasting)

-and chunks (looks like ice, white rock or hard candy)


It is most commonly snorted, but it can also be injected, smoked and swallowed. It is illegal in Canada and many other countries.

Side Effects

Short term effects include:

-loss of appetite

-increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature

-disturbed sleep patterns, panic

-nausea

-bizarre, sometimes violent behavior

-hallucinations

-convulsions, seizures and death from high dose


Long term effects include:

-permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain

-high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death

-liver, kidney and lung damage

-destruction of tissues in nose (if sniffed)

-respiratory (breathing) problems (if smoked)

-infectious diseases and abscesses (if injected)

-malnutrition, weight loss

-severe tooth decay

-disorientation, depression

-damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer's disease, stroke and epilepsy

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Addiction Related Issues

Crystal meth is not a very popular drug due to its dangerous side effects and high addiction rate. Locally, it is the least common. However nationally, there is a growing concern around Meth use, production and trafficking in Canada. It is not as commonly used as other drugs like marijuana or ecstasy, especially among teens. Globally, it is estimated that almost 500 metric tons of amphetamine-type stimulants (including meth) are produced each year with 24.7 million abusers. It is a widely abused drug in Czech Republic, and from here it is shipped to other places in Europe and Canada. In Southeast Asia, the most common form of meth is a small pill called a Yaba in Thailand and a Shabu in the Philippines.

Consequences

Some consequences of this drug would be the serious emotional, physical and mental effects it has on you after using it. During the use of the drug, the user will have a sense of well-being and a lot of energy, so the person will tend to push their body farther and faster than it is meant to go. After the drug wears off, the user will experience a "crash" or a breakdown, he/she will sleep for a long period of time and basically be lifeless because their body is so overwhelmed from the effects of the drug, this can last one to three days. After the crash comes the meth hangover where the user is starved, dehydrated, and exhausted both physically, mentally and emotionally. This is where users get cravings again because they feel the only way to make these feelings go away is to take more meth, this can last two to fourteen days. If the user doesn't give in to that feeling, withdrawal starts to set in. Withdrawal is the hardest and most painful part which is why 93% of users who have tried it end up using it again, it can last thirty to ninety days. during withdrawal, the user first becomes depressed and ends up losing his energy and ability to experience pleasure. Then strong cravings for the drug begin and if the user does not get it, he/she often becomes suicidal.

Different Ways to Get Help for Addiction:

-you can use the multiple help lines listed below:

-1-844-540-5777 (number found on Recovery.org)

-1-888-328-2518 (number found on TheGoodDrugsGuide.com)

-1-855-638-4373 (number found on CrystalMethAnonymous.org)

By using these help lines, you can talk to someone who wont judge what your going through and will instead try to help you.