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The Problem

The use of methamphetamine is a very serious problem in the United States. Methamphetamine, or Desoxyn, commonly known as meth, is a psychostimulant, which directly affects the central nervous system, the brain and the nerves. What has been a serious problem in the Western and Midwestern states now continues to spread into the Eastern US. According to a recent survey, 10 million people in the United States have tried meth at least once

Repercussions

Meth abuse can lead to critical psychological, social and medical consequences. Memory loss, aggression, heart damage, malnutrition and severe dental problems are some of the repercussions of prolonged meth abuse. Meth increases the heart rate, which has such a serious impact on the body it can cause strokes, coma, aneurisms, blood clots, heart damage as well as heart attacks, which can result in fatality. Meth causes damage to the circulatory system. It accelerates blood pressure.  

Long term abuse causes extreme weight loss, (even to the point of malnutrition), memory loss, confusion, mood disturbances and violent behavior. These mood swings can even escalate to thoughts of homicide or suicide, or cause one to go into violent rages. Chronic meth users develop open sores on the body, called “Crank bugs” caused from the natural elimination process of the body.

The manufacturing of meth requires toxic substances or chemicals and the body’s natural reaction is to try and eliminate these toxins, causing the user to itch and scratch until they develop open sores. The list of negative effects on the body grows as the drug prompts the user to facilitate illicit behavior such as non discriminatory sex, leading to various communicable diseases. Rages of anxiety and violent behavior as prompt the user to possibly harm themselves as well as others physically.

How is it made?

In additionally, the abuse issues that accompany methamphetamine, the manufacture of it is simple and the components accessible enough for almost anyone to make.  The mixture is basically composed of red phosphorous, ephedrine and iodine.  Once this has liquefied to a jelly consistency, the compound is propelled with hydrochloric acid, then dried and the end result is crystal methamphetamine.  This being such a relatively simple process is causing a nationwide problem with “meth labs” cropping up across the United States.

Various Routes of Administration

There are several different ways to administer methamphetamine. The various methods of administration of methamphetamine can affect the psychological addiction to the drug. The manner chosen to dispense the drug greatly affects the length of time it takes to reach the brain and is also crucial to the long-term effects of the drug. The various ways to administer meth are:
•         Intravenous
•         Snorting
•         Suppository
•         Ingestion

The fastest and most addictive way to administer is to do it intravenously.

Affects Meth Has on a Persons Health

Meth has a lot of adverse affects on a person whether they use for a short period of time or a long period of time. This can include things like:

•         Increased wakefulness
•         Decreased appetite
•         Increased physical activity
•         Irregular heartbeat
•         Hyperthermia
•         Increased blood pressure
•         Rapid heart rate
•         Increased respiration

Many people absolutely love the intoxicating feeling of meth no matter how they have to get it. This feeling can cause the user to not make right decisions and alter their judgment. This risky behavior can cause people to become involved in risky sexual behavior. Also, the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases can spread when user who inject this drug share needles. Many studies have shown that people who use meth and are HIV positive, causes serious neuronal injury and cognitive impairment for individuals in this category.

Babies Born Addicted to Meth

Many babies every year are born to a mother who abused meth during their entire pregnancy. These babies suffer birth defects like:
•          low birth weight
•          Tremors
•         excessive crying
•          behavior disorders

There is also a greater chance that the child has been abused or neglected by a parent who abuses meth. Believe it or not, the drug can become way more important to the addict than the addict caring for their child.

Withdrawals of Meth

The withdrawal symptoms of meth all depend on how much was used in what amount of time. The most likely symptoms are:


•         Drug craving
•         Extreme irritability
•         Decreased energy levels
•         Depression
•         Fearfulness
•         excessive drowsiness or difficulty in sleeping
•         shakiness
•         nausea
•         Heart palpitations
•         Sweating
•         hyperventilation

Methamphetamine users get over the minor symptoms in a couple of days, but the craving for meth can last anywhere from 6-8 months for occasional users and 2-3 years for someone who used on a daily basis. A recovering addict may feel depressed, fuzzy-headed and feel that life isn’t as good without the drug. Some people never recover from this addiction and always remain unhappy with life. This is caused from the affect that meth has on the users brain. For most this is why relapse occurs.

Meth Rehab Center

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Reports that substance abuse costs the nation over one half million dollars annually. Rehab programs are shown to drastically reduce the costs associated with addiction far more than leaving it untreated. It is much less expensive than incarceration for addicts.

A meth rehab center that is successful can help any addict fully recover.

Call Narconon at 800-468-6933 for more information.

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