The Dangers of Meth Addiction

By February 25, 2016Crystal Meth
Meth Addiction

Meth is a strong addictive drug that creates pleasurable effects for your body’s central nervous system. The drug causes the release of large numbers of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is involved in creating the feelings of pleasure, wonder and motivation.

The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found around 1.2 million people, around 0.4 percent of the US population, used Meth in the year before. The NSDUH discovered that 440,000 used it within the last month. This has shown a decline from previous years. During 2006, 731,000 people, 0.3 percent of the population, said they used Meth in the past month. Meth has been found to be abused quite a bit by younger people too. In 2012, the NSDUH said there were 133,000 new users of Meth, ages 12 or older, which was the same number as the year prior. The average age of Meth users in 2012 was 19.7 years old. But, they weren’t the only ones to come to that conclusion.

In 2007, The National Institutes of Health said 2.8 percent of young adults, aged 18-26, reported using Meth during the past year in 2001-2002. This showed a spike in the number of young people abusing Meth. Previously, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found in 2002 only 1.4 percent of young adults, aged 19-28, used Meth. Most young Meth users are overwhelmingly white and live in the western region of the United States. Native Americans, likewise, were 4.2 times as likely to use Meth as whites would. Among meth addicts, they tend to have a lower economic status; abuse other substances like marijuana and cocaine; and male users tend to have incarcerated fathers in prison.

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Once you begin taking the drug, you will begin to experience a whole host of side effects. Here are some of the effects you can expect to happen to you while under the influence of Meth:

  • Augmented Attention.
  • Declining Fatigue.
  • Increased Activity.
  • Declining Hunger.
  • Stimulation
  • Augmented Respiration.
  • Rapid, Irregular Heartbeat.
  • Hyperthermia

There have been several famous people who have smoked Meth over the years. German Dictator Adolf Hitler started receiving daily injections of Meth after giving them to his soldiers during World War II, in an attempt to create super soldiers. American Actress Marilyn Monroe was given Meth for a medical treatment. Her doctor, Max “Dr. Feelgood” Jacobson, called it his “magical elixir.” Most notably, 35th US President John Kennedy was given Meth by the same doctor as Monroe. This time, the good doctor called it his “formula.”

While this information is scary, it’s no reason to start taking Meth. If you have started down the path to a Meth addiction, please call us immediately. We’ll find you the best meth treatment center, and you’ll get clean. This can be the first step on your road back to your normal self. Don’t hesitate. Call today!