How Methamphetamine Affects Health

Long-Term Consequences of Use

How Methamphetamine Affects Health

Commonly referred to as meth, methamphetamines are severely addictive stimulant drugs that affect the central nervous system. A user may eat or snort it as a powder, or it can be combined with a liquid to inject with a syringe. Today, we’re going to go over how methamphetamine use affects health.

How Methamphetamine Affects Health

  • Addiction: When consumed, the user first experiences a feel-good high that their body begins to crave, leading to addiction. Coming down off a high, they might feel depressed and lethargic, making them crave that euphoric feeling again.
  • Increased risk of HIV/Aids and hepatitis B & C. Because meth is often consumed through a need injection, a user is at risk of developing these diseases if needles are shared among users. Plus, it can even worsen HIV/Aids.
  • Cognitive problems: Because meth causes functional and molecular changes to the brain, you will likely notice cognitive problems like memory loss.
  • Psychosis: The user might experience psychotic episodes, talking to people who aren’t there or thinking something is present that is not. During a high, it’s common for a user to think they have bugs crawling over their body.
  • Severe dental problems: “Meth Mouth” refers to the severe tooth decay and gum disease which often comes with prolonged meth misuse. There are multiple factors that might contribute to this including dry mouth, meth’s acidic properties, and long periods of poor oral hygiene.
  • Extreme weight loss: Weight loss occurs because the need to get high is greater than the need to eat.

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