The effects of using meth
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Effects of Meth Use

Due to its powerful stimulant characteristics, the effects of meth use include increased wakefulness and physical activity while decreasing appetite. A brief yet intense sensation is reported by users who snort or inject the drug. Both the rush and the high are believed to result from the release of very high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine into areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure.

Initially, the effects of meth use can be characterized by increased mental and physical well-being. With increased doses and/or chronic use, the risk of toxicity increases and the user may experience irritation, outbursts of anger, paranoia, delusional thinking, and visual or auditory hallucinations. A potential risk to meth users is the possibility of lead poisoning. Lead acetate is often used as a reagent in illegal meth production.

Fetal exposure to meth is a significant problem in the United States. Extensive research has indicated that the effects of meth use during pregnancy may result in increased rates of premature delivery, abnormal reflexes, and extreme irritability in infants. Congenital deformities have also been linked to meth abuse during pregnancy.

The effects of meth use depend on whether the drug is taken on a long term or short term bases.





Short term effects of meth use may include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Euphoria
  • Euphoric rush or "flash"
  • Increased activity
  • Increased attention
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased respiration
  • Increases libido
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Jaw clenching
  • Nausea
  • Sexual climax problems
  • Tremors

Long term effects of meth use may include:

  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Anorexia
  • Damage to brain
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Memory loss
  • Meth mouth
  • Mood instability
  • Obsessive compulsive behavior
  • Psychosis and paranoia

The effects of meth use stem from the association the drug has on the human nervous system. Meth, when compared to cocaine, produces a longer feeling of euphoria which can last for over 12 hours. The same pleasurable effect observed with cocaine use may only last for a few minutes. The “feel good” sensational effects of meth use disappear before the concentration of the drug starts to diminish in the blood. Thus, the other side effects such high blood pressure may remain while the euphoric feeling diminishes. Without the required treatment for this addiction, the end result is usually fatal. Due to the effects of meth use on the blood vessels, there is a high potential for stroke, which in many cases leads to death. Other patients die of hyperthermia and cardiac failure.

Over the past decade, the use of meth has produced staggering statistics. A research conducted by NSDUH, noted that over 10.4 million people over 12 years have tried meth at some point in their lives. The monitoring youth survey showed that 4.5% of high school students said they have used the drug at least once in their life. With these alarming statistics, it was no surprise when meth was ruled a class A drug. The government has now set much stiffer penalties for those who use and/or sell this dangerous and deadly drug.

The effects of using meth
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