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Thread: Facts: Crystal meth, methamphetamine

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    Facts: Crystal meth, methamphetamine

    If you’re a young person who enjoys going to dance clubs and parties, you’ve probably been exposed to crystal meth. Crystal meth is typically used for its euphoric effects. The effects of a single hit of crystal meth can last as long as 12 hours - much longer than the few minutes with cocaine, even though they both have similar effects – some people prefer it.

    It’s a cheap drug. One hit of meth, about one-quarter of a gram, can cost $25.

    It’s usually smoked using a glass pipe in a similar way to how crack cocaine is smoked. Other ways of ingesting crystal meth are by snorting, swallowing, or injecting it into the body. It has been known to be inserted into the addict’s anus or urethra.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methamphetamine

    People with depression prefer crystal meth over other drugs because of its uplifting effect. Some people say it increases their sex drive and sexual experiences are enhanced when using this drug.

    Some people may take crystal meth because it can lead to rapid weight loss, even though this effect tends to be short-lived - the moment someone stops using the drug, most of the lost weight will often return. The body also gradually becomes tolerant to crystal meth, reducing the weight loss effect over time.

    The drug has a powerful physical and mental quality that causes the user to rely on it more and more to feel great. Tolerance to crystal meth develops quickly, leaving users needing higher doses of the drug to feel its effects. However, after several uses, the same dose of crystal meth does not have the same effect it first did. As tolerance to the drug develops, users need more to achieve the same effect. The user then finds themselves - often unwittingly - sliding down a slippery slope of diminishing returns.

    Twelve million Americans say they’ve tried meth at least once. Meth users believe they’re invincible, they can do anything. What it actually does, however, is devastating. Meth users seriously compromise their verbal learning and motor skills. Emotion and memory are compromised, resulting in emotional and cognitive difficulties.

    http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/crystalmeth.html


    When taken regularly or in high doses, crystal meth can cause a condition known as methamphetamine psychosis. Additionally, regular users of crystal meth and addicts have a significant risk of losing their teeth much faster than would normally be the case through severe decay. This consequence of crystal meth use is informally referred to as “meth mouth”.

    http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/crystal-meth-what-you-should_know


    Meth mouth is caused by a combination of factors:
    • Methamphetamine's acid ingredients are bad for teeth - illicit methamphetamine may include drain cleaner, battery acid and hydrochloric acid
    • Crystal meth users commonly grind and clench their teeth
    • Dry mouth caused by crystal meth use dries up the mouth, depriving teeth of protective saliva
    • High methamphetamine users crave sugary drinks
    • A methamphetamine "high" is long-lasting - usually up to about 12 hours. During this time, users rarely practice any kind of oral hygiene.




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    Physical and psychological effects of crystal meth

    Below is a list of the physical and psychological effects caused by crystal meth.

    <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVvQgZmZDx0" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVvQgZmZDx0"> before and after

    Physical effects of crystal meth:

    Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
    Abnormally rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
    Abnormally slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
    Acne
    Anorexia
    Blurred vision
    Constipation
    Diarrhea
    Dilated pupils
    Dizziness
    Dry mouth
    Dry skin
    Elevated body temperature (hyperthermia)
    Flushing
    Headache
    Heart palpitations
    High blood pressure (hypertension)
    Hyperactivity
    Insomnia
    Itchy skin
    Low blood pressure (hypotension)
    Numbness
    Pale skin
    Profuse sweating (diaphoresis)
    Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
    Restlessness
    Twitching and tremors.

    In chronic cases, or when doses are very high, crystal meth can cause convulsions, stroke, heart attack and even death.




    Psychological effects of crystal meth:
    Aggressiveness
    Alertness and increased concentration
    Anxiety
    Compulsive skin-picking (dermatillomania)
    Delusions of grandiosity, sensation of power, sensation of invincibility
    Hallucinations
    Increased energy
    Increased libido
    Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
    Irritability
    Paranoia
    Psychomotor agitation (related to body movements associated with mental activity)
    Psychosomatic disorders - body symptom/ailment caused by a mental disturbance
    Sociability
    Repetitive and obsessive behaviors.

    When taken regularly or in high doses, crystal meth can cause a condition known as methamphetamine psychosis.






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    That video I just put up there has a strange cover pic, but it is well worth watching, especially if you or someone you know is using...

    Her's is another video, a documentary..

    <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tDdJpyGH94" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tDdJpyGH94"> documentary
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    Think Meth isn't EVERYWHERE? Here is a video from Montana...

    <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgGJIcySex8" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgGJIcySex8"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> Montana meth
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    Devastatingly true

    My heart is sick with what our youth is doing to themselves! Like I said whebn I first came here, I'm on a mission. A mission to halt the spread of this demon - substance abuse - at all costs.

    Below is a website I usually refer people to. They seem to have real facts written out in the most plain, clearest language that anyone can understand. Very little technical jargon there. (Although I prefer to read all the whys and what-for's, its important to make some language available that is simple to read and understand.)

    Methamphetamines: What Parents Need to Know

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