Meth Affects More People Than You Think
Meth (Methamphetamine) is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. This drug has single-handedly destroyed persons and their families because of its addictive nature.
This is a drug that not only harms the user’s physical and mental well being but also their family.
According to Monitoring the Future, about 2% of youth have tried meth by the 12th grade.
What Is Meth?
Meth is another name for methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug.
Meth is a stimulant to the central nervous system. When the drug enters the brain, it causes a large release of the neurotransmitter dopamine causing intense feelings of pleasure for the user.
Some long-term effects of Meth include:
- Mood swings
- Problems sleeping
- Anxiety and confusion
- Violent behavior
- Psychosis (seeing/hearing/feeling things that are not there)
- Severe weight loss
- Involuntary movements/twitching
- Skin sores from scratching
- Severe dental problems (also known as “meth mouth”)
- Problems with thinking, emotion and memory
How To Get Help If You Know Someone Addicted To Meth
If you, or someone you know, has a problem, talk to a trusted adult. Seek out local substance abuse treatment centers in your area for further help. A physician or counselor should be able to assist you in finding treatment centers.
You can also seek out local self-help groups such as crystalmeth.org.