Methamphetamine is a very addictive drug, a long lasting toxin that stimulates the nerve terminals and our central nervous system. The pure form of methamphetamine is pure white, has no odor and had a bitter taste, it is mostly snorted or injected but it can be taken orally or even smoked.
Teens are easily tempted to use drugs, and various forms of meth are easily accessible to teens. The reasons for taking meth or any other drugs can be many, maybe they think this is just to try it, but meth is a highly addictive drug that takes possession of a person very quick.
Methamphetamine is a highly dangerous drug which can cause euphoric feelings when consumed, as we already said, it releases dopamine which influences that brain to produce those feelings. The sensation and the feeling start immediately when smoked, snorting it will provide a lesser high but a longer lasting one. If teen meth use consists the body will start need large quantities of meth in order to feel the same high again, so long term meth abuse always leads to increase in quantities used.
Meth use can cause increased heart rate, increased physical activity for a short period of time, irregular heartbeat and even increased body temperature and blood pressure. When used long term meth use can cause violent behavior, mood swings, depression, confusion, anxiety, insomnia, and even severe dental issues. Teens using meth are at high risk of contracting diseases like HIV and hepatitis especially if they are injecting it.
When teens with weak immune system use meth or when they simply overuse it, effects like stroke and heart attack are not that uncommon in those cases. In some cases this kind of teen meth abuse can lead to death. Meth is even known to cause paranoia and hallucinations and delusions, so the best way to deal with meth abuse is to prevent it as this is one of the most dangerous drugs there is.
Here are the warning signs that you need to watch out for:
- Euphoric state
- Constant paranoia
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- A sudden increase in physical activities
- Increased body temperature – in some cases even so high that I can cause death
- Chest pains
- High blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Constant sweating without any physical activities
- Mood swings
- Aggressive behavior
- Lack of tolerance
These symptoms can be for many things including mental issues unrelated to drug abuse, so when more of these symptoms occur it is best to take your teen to a professional evaluation and make sure that you get the facts straight. If it is teen meth abuse the best possible treatment is in a residential treatment home, as teens on meth have a high addiction and need to get clean as soon as possible.