Worried that a friend or family member has started using crystal meth?
Keep reading to get a better understanding of this dangerous drug and how you can spot the signs and symptoms of meth use.
Hi there. My name is Alex Key and I lost a beloved sister to meth abuse. I know first hand what this drug is capable of and how quickly it can destroy relationships and lives.
Today I want to help others learn the signs and symptoms of a meth user so they can hopefully intervene before this nasty drug ruins another life.
Methamphetamine’s or meth for short, is a drug that is both illegal and very dangerous.
Made from a combination of different chemicals, this drug could also be recognised as a poison because of what it does to the body.
With a number of toxic ingredients like hydrochloric acid, lithium and drain cleaner, it also contains the decongestant drug pseudoephedrine.
Developed in the early 20th century, methamphetamine’s was originally used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers.
But meth has since evolved into a much more potent and toxic drug.
It’s now known as one of the most addictive drugs because it gives an instant high or euphoric rush when taking it.
Many first time users become addicted to this high because it gives a false sense of happiness and well-being, boost in confidence and for some it makes them feel like they have super powers.
But what goes up, must come down. Meth has some pretty dreadful side effects which are listed below.
Here are some images so you know what to look for.
These are just some examples of what meth looks like, but can sometimes differ in color and size.
If you find any kind of substance that looks like these images, I recommend taking it to the police.
There are many ways people take or consume meth and some methods are more dangerous than others.
Each method said to give a different “high”.
There are a few things you can look for to determine if someone is using methamphetamine’s.
You may also find some tell tail signs of meth use if you come across any of the following:
Meth users go for long periods of time without sleep or eating. Because of this they often lose weight fast.
They also appear unusually active, irritable and can also act very nervous or anxious.
Because meth is made from toxic chemicals, it is sure to have some damaging side effects, especially for heavy users.
A regular meth users appearance can change rapidly.
Have a look at some of the before and after photos of heavy methamphetamine users in this Youtube video.
If you believe a friend or family member is using meth there are a few things you can do. BUT, it’s important to know that most meth addicts will refuse any kind of help and will often live in denial.
Rehab and addiction treatment centres:
Mental health professionals: