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What are the health risks of Meth?

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine / Meth' started by Totalarmordestine, May 13, 2015.

  1. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    I am doing a school assignment and I'm having trouble getting decent research. Can anyone please help me with the some information? Ok, I'm doing a class called health for life, and I have an assignment to do on Meth and I need to know the health risks of it.All I need to know is what is the health risks of it.
  2. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    For starters, it rots your teeth and damages your skin cells. It will also do long term damage to your brain that is believed to be permanent.
  3. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I think those are pretty much it, based on the pictures I've seen. From what I understand after a while if using meth your teeth and skin just won't look very good anymore and your brain would probably suffer some degradation as well.
  4. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    Meth is injected or smoked it immediately produces an intensely pleasurable sensation known as a "rush" or a "flash" by releasing high levels of dopamine in the brain. Even taken in small amounts, methamphetamine can cause increased wakefulness, increased heart rate, and decreased appetite.
  5. amin021023

    amin021023 Community Champion

    Mental health risks of using meth are so high that nobody cares about it's a physical health risk. Meth affects the part of the brain responsible for judgment so meth heads literally won't know what's good for them anymore...that's why quitting meth is extremly hard.
  6. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    The health risks of using Meth are fast-acting, extreme and can mess a person up very quickly. Basic side effects include the fast rotting of teeth, rapid weight loss and causes people to age faster; the reason being they are becoming more 'wrinkled' or 'shriveled up' due to dehydration caused by Meth. Not only is the skin of Meth users being shriveled up by dehydration but this also happens to their internal organs, most notably the kidneys. The dehydration caused by Meth can also lead to kidney stones or kidney malfunction. Meth also has an adverse effect on the heart and can cause circadian arrhythmia. Meth also constricts the blood vessels and can cause hypothermia or aortic spasms. Additionally, Meth is neurotoxic and therefore causes brain damage. Psychologically, it can also cause depression, psychosis, delusions, hallucinations and, in extreme cases, schizophrenia
  7. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    Make sure to do your research before trusting what everyone says on the subject. A good chunk of typical meth looks/behaviors aren't truly caused by meth. For example, meth may cause huge blackouts in time, where the user may have been rocking back and forth in a chair for hours on end (as opposed to brushing their teeth) and drinking sugary drinks to combat the incessant dry mouth associated with meth (as opposed to water, which usually cuts it for most people) leading to "meth mouth". It also isn't really bad for skin. It's the hours on end of sitting infront of a mirror and popping not existent zits or sitting around and picking on not existent bumps on your face that causes bad skin.
  8. drc52

    drc52 Active Contributor

    I would suggest you read the Wikipedia article, it is very informative. The most important things to include in your assignment are devastating effects methamphetamine has on the body, while the user is more focused on the positive sensations this drug provides. This is a very bizarre relationship.
  9. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    I think you've made some good points here but it's quite a controversial issue. When I was using the stuff I brushed my teeth twice as much as usual and made a good effort to look after them but they still rotted (I don't drink energy drinks or fizzy drinks). There's usually sodium bicarbonate in Meth which can also corrode the teeth. Whilst I also expect that many people with bad skin or rashes do indeed suffer with them as a result of delusion or hallucination brought on by Meth, it is also possible for people to develop these symptoms from Meth without such delusions/hallucinations too. It basically causes a lot of dehydration throughout the body including in the skin, even if you drink plenty of water whilst using it.
  10. Meth destroys your white blood cells, because of this your immune system does not work properly. It also ages you faster because of the destruction of white blood cells, how the fast aging happens is because the cells that once gave your skin elasticity are now destroyed and now unable to work properly. Also with prolonged use of the drug your brain develops a white film that affects memory, speech, the ability to retain knowledge, and most emotions.
    It's one of the worst addictions a person could have because of the effects.

    I have done my research. Although it was not for school. I did in depth research because both of my parents are meth users and have been since before I was born, I am now 23 years of age and still learning new things daily to try and cope with the negatives of the drug.
  11. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    Not only it rots your teeth, but your mind will be sickened. All ethics you've been accustomed to right now will instantly vanish upon frequently consuming meth.

    You'd only need to do a brief Google search and see for yourself the horrendous effects it's got for your health, among with the aforementioned ones.
  12. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Contributor

    This is not a medical fact but just my opinion based on my associations with users. We have this close friend who got hooked on meth called Shabu or street cocaine. He used to be intellectual but later he developed a slur when talking. After some years, he seemed to have lost his intellect thus we now call him zombie. A doctor friend said that meth physically destroys the brain particularly the synapses.
  13. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    According to studies, individuals who abuse Meth will experience negative consequences on their physical health such as sore skin, weight loss, tooth decay or teeth loss and the like. Meth abusers also have bursts of wakefulness. Their appetite may go down while their breathing, heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure will all increase.
  14. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    As far as I am aware, Shabu (or Yaba) is another name for crystal meth(amphetamine) with caffeine in it and seems to have originated from Thailand. The word "yaba" literally translates to "madness drug". Meth is speed in crystal form which can be smoked (also known as ice). It's not cocaine, there's no cocaine in it. Crystal meth is to speed what crack is to cocaine - basically the same drug but in crystal form.