Amphetamines and methamphetamine have existed for almost 100 years and have been used in many different pharmaceutical drugs. These types of drugs are most successful in treating disorders like narcolepsy, extreme obesity, and A.D.H.D. However, many people choose to abuse amphetamines and meth because of their extreme side effects including: weight loss, insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, and increased aggressiveness. Meth can make you feel as high as a kite, but the crash causes the user to seek more meth to feel the same sense of euphoria. This is how people get addicted.
Meth addiction and abuse has gripped large parts of the country from rural counties to inner cities. Meth is not only damaging to the user’s health; it’s also very dangerous to produce and can easily explode. The National Institute on Drug Abuse highlights the effects of methamphetamine on their website. The long term effects of frequent meth use can cause severe physical deterioration, as shown in the picture below.
Extreme weight loss, skin sores, and “meth mouth” are just a few of the nasty side effects of prolonged methamphetamine use. The effects of meth are most apparent when comparing before and after pictures of people who use methamphetamine. Some studies, reports, and even newspaper articles illustrates these differences by placing pictures side by side to illustrate the damage meth has cause. PBS featured pictures from the “Faces of Meth” campaign to show the physical effects of meth use. The pictures are below:
PBS describes how meth users will become very active while high. However, they won’t eat, they have nervous habits like picking at skin or grinding their teeth, and users typically have poor hygiene and diet leading to meth mouth. The article mentions that meth causes some people to feel confident, attractive, and desirable but frequent or long term meth use wreaks havoc on a user’s appearance.
There are always dangers when using drugs, but certain drugs cause immediate changes to the user’s behavior and physical appearance. Meth damages the inside of the body by causing liver damage, decreased resistance to illness, strokes and even death. Meth can cause convulsions, lead to impaired judgment, and some people will destroy their skin by picking at it. Although crystal meth can severely damage the body, winning the battle over addiction and abuse can begin a new path for anyone willing to take the challenge.