Although it’s not one of the most used drugs out there among teenagers, more and more teens have been experimenting with meth the past few years. In a recent nationwide survey, 1 in 33 teens said they have tried meth. The average age they first tried it was 12 years old. Even for those who haven’t tried it, the majority of teens said they think they could easily get it, and they would probably try it if they did. About 1 in 6 said they had a friend or family member who has used meth.
So, what is meth?
Methamphetamine is also known as speed, chalk, Tina, ice, glass, and many other names… it can be swallowed, smoked, snorted or injected. It’s a stimulant drug, so it boosts your mood, increases your feelings of well-being, increases your energy, and makes you more alert. It can be a white powder, or in crystal form. It’s completely man-made. It’s often made in big, illegal superlabs that make it in huge quantities… or sometimes, people just make it at home using stuff from the store, like kitty litter and batteries. Yeah, the chemicals and garbage in kitty litter and batteries go into people’s bodies. Gross. Because of all the toxic chemicals used, every 1 pound of meth made also produces 6 pounds of waste. Explosions are VERY likely to happen at meth labs.
Sometimes, doctors do prescribe meth for patients with ADHD, but in VERY LOW doses. And it’s very rare that they would prescribe it, because of how dangerous it is.
Meth causes chemical and molecular changes in the brain, causing problems with movement and thinking. Some of these changes remain long after meth use has stopped.
Here are the effects of meth use…
- Feeling very awake and active
- Fast heart rate, irregular heartbeat
- Higher blood pressure
- Higher body temperature
- Possible heart attack/stroke
- Increased risk of HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis
- Anxiety and confusion
- Problems sleeping
- Mood swings
- Violent behavior
- Psychosis (hearing, seeing, or feeling things that aren’t there)
- Skin sores caused by scratching
- Severe weight loss
- Severe dental problems, known as “meth mouth”
- Problems with thinking, emotion, and memory
Like all other drugs, meth is extremely addicting. The first time you try it, you have an amazing high… so whenever you use it, you want to reach that same high. But your body becomes tolerant to it, so you can’t. In order to reach that same high, you need more, and then the next time you need more, and then the next time you need even more, filling your body with more and more garbage each time… dangerous garbage that could kill you.
If you have use meth, even if you’ve only tried it once or twice, you need to get help and stop immediately. If you have a friend who uses it, you need to tell somebody and get them help immediately. Tell your teacher, school counselor, parents, coach, or another trusted adult. Or you can call 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-662-HELP if you aren’t sure what to do. Meth is serious stuff, and it’s extremely dangerous. Just look at these people who used meth… you don’t want to end up like them.
So what are you dressing up as for Halloween?
I know that Halloween is here and you are all looking for the best costume, including that set of teeth to bring it all together. Unfortunately these teeth are not for sale at your local costume shop, but they do come free with a meth habit.
In honor of Halloween I thought you might want to check out these real scary faces. This link will take you to “Got Meth?” where you can check out what Meth will do to you.
Don’t trick or treat with Meth, it is definitely no Treat!
Ever heard of, speed, ice, chalk, tweak, or crystal? I hope that you have only heard of it and never tried it, it is Meth. Meth is highly addictive and very dangerous. Tests have shown that just one dose can damage nerve receptors in the brain. It can even increase your body temperature and give you a high fever or cause convulsions.
I saw a billboard the other day, which I have posted here as well, of the results of Meth, it’s not pretty. Someone made the comment that they have never seen anyone who looks like that because of the drug. Trust me that does not mean there are not people out there like that. If you looked like the guy on the Billboard, you would not go out in public either.
See Meth does not just affect the user physically but also mentally. They can become paranoid, have hallucinations, and go into fits of rage and become extremely violent. Those like the guy in the picture are usually the ones the cops bust in houses and Meth labs but it can lead to that kind of severe behavior. One of the worst symptoms that I have not mentioned yet is the delusions. Sometimes the users get the sensation of insects crawling on their skin so they start to scratch but because it is all in their head the feeling does not go away. So they keep scratching until they break through the skin and are bleeding and trust me it is not a pretty sight.
So before you say yes and try Meth remember the picture form the billboard. Think about the paranoia, the feeling of your skin crawling, and the scars you could develop. The picture is not easy to look at and the symptoms are not easy to talk about but the more you know the less likely you are to make a bad decision. Click on the links and check it out for yourself. So when someone asks you if you want a hit you know why your saying No.