Dangers

Methamphetamine Abuse and Its Dangers

Methamphetamine (meth) is a stimulant that is chemically related to amphetamine, but has stronger effects on the CNS (central nervous system).

Physically, it is white crystalline power that is odorless and bitter tasting and easily dissolves in liquids. It is made from toxic and volatile substances that are melded together to form a dangerous conglomeration of chemicals and caustic cleaners.

Where It Comes From

Meth can be produced almost anywhere. Homes, apartments and trailers can be turned into secret “labs” capable of producing meth. Also, the technical knowledge needed to produce it can be easily found on the internet, and because of this, meth is very hard to control.

The only thing standing keeping it from being in widespread production and distribution is the limited availability of the substances and chemicals that are needed to produce it.

Ephedrine, for example, is one of the basic components of meth, but is very tightly controlled in the USA. However, the recent surge in meth use suggests that manufacturers are finding ways around this restriction by getting the chemical from sources outside the USA.

Although the components of meth are regulated in the USA, in Mexico they are not, so drug cartels regularly import both meth and its basic components into the USA using the same routes and techniques that their cocaine smugglers use. Because of this long daisy chain of importing and manufacturing, it is impossible to tell what is in the meth you are taking; depending on the trafficker and manufacturer, you could be putting anything into your system, dangerous or benign.

Withdrawal

Meth withdrawal symptoms can depend on the amount of meth taken and how often it is used and can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Long periods of sleep
  • Intense hunger
  • Depression
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

Danger of Overdose

Meth overdose can occur at low levels, even as low as 50 mg of meth. Because people have varying metabolic rates and meth can be produced in different strengths, it is impossible to determine a “safe” level of meth that won’t harm the body. Additionally, meth stimulants work by affecting the body’s cardiovascular systems, so things like physical exertion increase the hazards of taking meth because they put an extra large strain on the body.

Some symptoms of meth overdose include:

  • Sudden, dangerous increase in blood pressure
  • Dangerous rise in temperature
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Convulsions
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Seeing of spots

Treatment

At The Canyon, the treatment program is designed to help you develop a positive relationship with yourself. Using a variety of traditional and nontraditional therapies and treatments, you will be given the opportunity to reclaim your personal dreams and goals and be able to awaken your authentic relationship with life. Using a treatment program that addresses all aspects of a patient’s physical, emotional and mental needs, staff and therapists are able to give patients the very best care available.

At The Canyon, your success is our priority, and we’ll do everything we can to help you break your addiction and go on to lead a healthy, normal life.