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What makes meth as dangerous as it is?

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine / Meth' started by stridee, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. stridee

    stridee Active Contributor

    Is it the addiction that can be caused by it? Bodily harm? What exactly does meth do that causes it to be labeled as "dangerous?"
  2. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I can tell you a million words to explain how dangerous it is, but let me do this instead. Check out the photo. Before and after.


    Now can you see how dangerous it is? You become the shell of the person you once were. You become erratic, irritable, and with prolong usage, crazy.
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  3. Ali16

    Ali16 Senior Contributor

    Some of the ingredients are household cleaners and basically the ingredients for rat poison. When you use meth, that is what you are putting in your body. The labs where people make it are also extremely dangerous. The chemicals are so volitale that they can easily explode, poisoning or killing those around it.
  4. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Meth cause very extreme harm to both the body and the brain. Meth mouth and rashes on the skin, as depicted above, are probably the most minor symptoms of meth use - that's how extreme it is! Meth users often suffer delusions of having bugs under their skin which causes them to pick and scratch. It also deprives the body of nutrients very rapidly causing the weight to drop off a user. Because of the lack of nutrients, a meth user will continue to use meth to keep their body powered then when they quit or are unable to get hold of any, they may experience a serious physical crash (and can collapse or end up hospitalized). The dehydration, which is also quite extreme, can also cause damage to the body's major organs. It also causes brain damage and can lead to paranoia, delusions, psychosis, schizophrenia, etc. Meth can kill a person in a very short period of time.
  5. singingintherain

    singingintherain Community Champion

    I think it's a combination of the damage that it causes to the body, as well as the extremely addictive quality of the substance. If it were just addictive, it might not carrying negative effects. If it were just harmful, people would decide not to have any.

    That combination can often be deadly, and at the very least cause irreversible damage.
  6. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    The amphetamines that are inside of it make it extremely addictive, it deteriorates your entire body, you turn into someone you aren't, etc.
  7. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    You end up looking like a zombie from using this. Just do not do it.
  8. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    All drugs are dangerous, regardless of what makes them to be so. And meth is... horrible. It just changes yourself so much and turns you into a completely different person. It makes not think and care about anything except the drug. It's awful, to lose yourself. And I have honestly never met anyone who recovered from meth.
  9. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    It is dangerous because it can actually cause death, convulsions or coma. It is a neurotoxin and psychostimulant.
  10. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Senior Contributor

    I think that is could be the addiction to the drug. Not to mention the effect it would have on your body. I think there was a post on this site showcasing the severe effects it had on some people which all the pictures looked horrifying. I knew right then and there that meth is not worth it. It makes your body age horribly and there are people who could be in their 20's and look like someone who is 45 years of age.
  11. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Isn't it crazy how one drug can cause so much harm to your body in a short amount of time? In the left picture this female looks so young and fresh and on the right picture it looks like she has aged 20 years and looks old and haggered. Pictures like this alone should be enough to steer people away from meth, but sadly they don't.
  12. lilfaerie28

    lilfaerie28 Active Contributor

    I have known a few addicts, and their descent it absolutely heartbreaking. I have a friend whose ex wife is an addict and she has no legal rights to her kids anymore, and still won't get clean. I just don't understand. I've never tried it, and I never will. I just can't look at what it does and think it could be worth it. It isn't.
  13. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    People that are hooked on meth tend to look really sick. I see people here where I live and their appearance is just terrible they look like the walking dead. Very sad that so many have gotten hooked on this drug. The chemicals used to make the stuff is toxic. Yet the people addicts can't get enough of it.
  14. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Saw in the news a meth lab being raided and looks like it is just made of various chemicals not are totally not safe to be used.
    That photo above surely shows the effects of this drugs. I could see some who are too thin and sickly looking.
  15. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    Meth has chemicals and is a man made product and this can cause, the face of a person to change badly and have seen some people who look older for their age, and can be dangerous as well the mood swings of the brain can change. It is interesting to see how meth can affect someone and also it can destroy a person, as they believe meth is the only thing that can be their friend in this world. I reckon that people use this to escape their problems and they can lose relationships in the process which is a sad fact and not something you would want in your body.

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  16. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I would say that meth effects everyone and everything. Meth, from what I have read here, can leave residue in the home. This is when I feel bad for the landlords and real estates agents and unsuspecting families.
  17. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    Not only it affects the physical appearance of a person, it also affects the users psychologically. they become paranoid and their attitudes change. Some even become violent. And even if a meth addict is able to become sober, the damage has been done. The person will never be the same again.
  18. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    Meth is one of the more dangerous, if not the most dangerous illegal substance on the planet. A variety of chemicals are used to manufacture it, these chemicals are not meant to be consumed by human beings. Visible scarring on the body become evident even after a short period of use. Many meth users die after 6 months of heavy use, that's a sobering thought.