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Meth affects more people than you think

What are the long-term effects of meth?

First, you have to know a little more about the devastating drug.

Meth (Methamphetamine) not only harms the user’s physical and mental well being, but also their family.

According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey, about 2% of youth have tried meth by the 12th grade.

In 2008, approximately 13 million people over the age of 12 said they had used methamphetamine—and 529,000 of those are regular users.

Meth is a stimulant to the central nervous system. When the drug enters the brain, it causes a large release of the neurotransmitter dopamine causing intense feelings of pleasure for the user.

Some long-term effects of Meth include:

  • Mood swings
  • Problems sleeping
  • Anxiety and confusion
  • Violent behavior
  • Psychosis (seeing/hearing/feeling things that are not there)
  • Severe weight loss
  • Involuntary movements/twitching
  • Skin sores from scratching
  • Severe dental problems (also known as “meth mouth”)
  • Problems with thinking, emotion and memory

HOW TO GET HELP

If you, or someone you know, has a problem, talk to a trusted adult. Seek out local substance abuse treatment centers in your area for further help. A physician or a counselor should be able to assist you in finding treatment centers.

You can also seek out local self-help groups such as http://www.crystalmeth.org/.

Call Centerstone at 1-888-291-4357 (HELP) to schedule an appointment with a therapist.

If you feel like you need immediate help, please call 1-800-681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.

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