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An individual can suffer harm and may die from using methamphetamine, which is very addictive.1,2 A methamphetamine version which is less strong might be prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, as well as obesity as the medicine Desoxyn.3,4,5
Meth is synthetic, meaning that it is made by people.2,6 When creating meth, one possible component utilized is pseudoephedrine (cold medicines can have pseudoephedrine as a component); pharmacies as well as other retail shops must maintain records of the buying of anything with pseudoephedrine in it, and how much of things with pseudoephedrine in them can be bought by a person in a day is limited by law.1,7,8
A type of meth known as crystal meth has an appearance similar to “rocks” which are blue-white and shiny or an appearance similar to little glass pieces.1,4,6 People might inject or smoke crystal meth.6
Explosions and fires may occur because of chemicals that are part of the creation of meth.1,7 Explosions, fires, and being exposed to chemicals might harm or kill individuals creating meth and/or law enforcement who are conducting raids on meth labs.1,5
The abusing of and distributing of meth play a notable role in America’s rates of some types of crime.9
According to national estimates, in 2007 almost 68,000 visits to emergency departments where meth triggered it or contributed to it occurred; in 2011 almost 103,000 occurred.10,11 However, according to estimates, in 2004 over 132,000 occurred.11 Per estimates, most aforementioned 2011 visits additionally involved at least one additional drug (pharmaceutical, illegal, and/or alcohol).10
An individual can die because of overdosing on meth; if an individual could potentially have overdosed, immediately call 911.5
Using a lot of meth might result in issues such as:1,4,5,7
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) conveys that there are several impacts meth might have on an individual in the short-term, possibly including bringing about:12
An individual who uses crystal meth for a long while might experience things including:1,4,5,13
The DEA indicates that, per researchers, following being exposed to comparatively small amounts of meth for a long while, up to half of brain cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine could suffer damage; additionally, there might be even greater damage among neurons with serotonin inside.4
Some impacts misusing meth for a while might have in the nervous system might be at a minimum somewhat reversible following time not using meth.1,13 For instance, dopamine transporters might recuperate after an individual stops using meth for a while.13
If an individual stops using meth, this individual might experience withdrawal and might experience some or all of the following:1,13
If an individual could potentially have overdosed, immediately call 911; it could save that person’s life.5
If you may have a meth addiction, consult with a healthcare provider.14