Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as crystal meth, is a synthetic drug sought after in many parts of the world for its extremely euphoric highs that are akin to those of cocaine. This psychostimulant is illegal in most parts of the world. It is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a schedule two stimulant and is thus only legal through a prescription that is non-refillable. Apart from the euphoric effects, Meth is also a psychostimulant that prevents fatigue and can keep you awake for up to four days.

As with every drug, meth is dangerously addictive and has very harmful side effects if used habitually. Since meth is readily available and cheaper than cocaine, it has amassed over a million users, some of whom are struggling with addiction. The harmful effects of methamphetamine on the body include.

1. Heart Problems

Continued use of methamphetamine results in an increased chance of heart complications including hypertension, intermittent chest pains, abnormal heart palpitations among others. These small complications may be the predecessors to serious heart problems, and you may end up having an acute aortic dissection, a cardiac arrest or worst of all, a heart attack. The chances of these significantly increase if you add alcohol and tobacco to the mix.

2. Tooth Decay

Prolonged meth use is linked to a visible impactful effect on oral health. Meth causes a variety of oral problems commonly dubbed ‘meth-mouth’. These harmful effects include a dry mouth because of the lack of saliva and an inability of the mouth to fight off cavity-causing bacteria leading to the formation of holes in your teeth and discolouration. Meth can also cause involuntary grinding of teeth, further exacerbating the condition of a user’s teeth.

3. Brain Damage

The use of meth can lead to widespread and severe damage to the brain. Increased high blood pressure from meth usage can lead to Stroke. What happens is that blood circulation is cut off from parts of the brain, leading to the death of vital brain tissue. This may eventually lead to permanent physical impairment, loss of speech, a decline in cognitive function, loss of memory, and even death. Use of meth is also addictive since the continued presence of dopamine in the brain caused by meth leads to excessive withdrawal symptoms, which forces the user to take more doses of meth. In fact, there are a lot of websites that discuss more about meth addiction and how to cure it. Apart from addiction, long-term meth users are prone to permanent neurological complications like Parkinson’s disease, which severely affects the nervous system.

4. Muscle Spasms and Muscle Atrophy

Continued use of meth over a long time has been linked to many harmful musculoskeletal effects. Mild effects include minor tremors and involuntary muscle twitches caused by increased tendon movements caused by the drug. Meth also causes repeated muscle movements that occur sporadically. Studies have shown a correlation between crystal meth and rhabdomyolysis. This condition results in the spontaneous atrophy of muscles with a possible release of harmful toxins into the bloodstream. This leads to severe muscle pains and even kidney failure if not diagnosed early.

Methamphetamine is very addictive and has overreaching, harmful effects both physically and mentally. Apart from meth users, meth manufacturers also suffer some health complications because of extended exposure to toxic chemicals. The best way to avoid these harmful effects is to avoid using meth at all costs. If your usage borders addiction, seek treatment and assistance immediately through the various channels.

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