Methamphetamine - A Need To Know
Methamphetamine affects your brain -- Meth causes problems such as anxiety, euphoria, and depression. Long term effects can include chronic fatigue, paranoid or delusional thinking, bizarre behavior, and permanent psychological damage. Violence and self-destructive behavior are common.
Methamphetamine affects your body -- These drugs push your body further than it is meant to go. It increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of stroke. Overdose is a risk. Convulsions and coma are possible; death can result from burst blood vessels in the brain resulting from spikes in blood pressure, or from heart failure.
Methamphetamine affects your self-control --considered addictive and powerful. Poor choices are often made when you are no longer in control. Incidents of HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancy, automobile accidents increase when you are mentally impaired.
Methamphetamine is not what it seems -- Well-known stimulants like caffeine or ephedrine can cause stroke or cardiac arrest when overused or used by people with sensitivity to them. This is often manufactured in a "home lab" with no guarantee of what you might be ingesting that could cause immediate harm. Under no circumstances, were these chemicals designed for personal intake.
Methamphetaimine can kill you -- Liver, kidney, and lung damage may kill you. Risk of overdose is great; this is not like the 'following the manufacturers directions' on prescription medication.
The above information was gathered from the Office of National Drug Control Policy National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration websites. This information is brought to you by the Partnership for a Drug-Free DeKalb County, Inc.