The Adverse Effects of Crystal Meth

The effects and implications of this illegal drug

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Abuse of crystal meth (crystal methamphetamine) is increasingly common in the U.S. Let’s review this drug’s effects.

Use and Effects of Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is snorted, injected, or smoked in a pipe. It is taken to produce feelings of euphoria or a“ high” that can last between two and 16 hours. People abuse crystal meth, which is a central nervous system stimulant, to stay awake for long periods or make them feel confident, energized, euphoric and disinhibited.

Crystal meth use has many adverse effects on the mind and body. Most common are:

  • insomnia
  • agitation
  • irritability
  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • palpitations

On crystal meth, the body temperature increases, as does breathing and heart rate. Blood pressure rises too. People with cardiac and blood pressure problems who use crystal meth can cause further damage to their cardiovascular systems.

Crystal meth can cause behavioral problems, paranoia, and psychosis, especially when used frequently and in individuals with a predisposition to ​mental illness.

Crystal meth can be addictive both physically and psychologically.

Crystal Meth and Bloodborne Disease

Injection of street drugs, including crystal meth, greatly increases your risk of getting bloodborne diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS. Because of the disinhibition that comes with crystal meth use, a user’s judgement on health issues is often affected. People using crystal meth may put themselves and others at risk with behaviors such as needle sharing, unprotected sex and behavioral problems such as violence and aggression.

Drug Strength

Users of crystal meth can only guess at its strength, so the risk of overdosing, even with seemingly small quantities, is always an issue. Overdosing can lead to convulsions, respiratory and circulatory collapse, coma and death.

Psychological Effects of Crystal Meth

Mood swings, paranoia, anger and depression are risks crystal meth users face. Relationships and general social interactions are negatively affected.

Crystal Meth Addiction

Any form of drug abuse or addiction comes at a cost, and crystal meth is no different. Crystal meth addiction can cause permanent life-altering changes. Work, relationships, and the ability to live day to day are affected. Crime, drug busts, restricted job prospects, visa denials, arrests and serious healthcare issues are just some of the ways crystal meth use can disrupt your life.

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