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Methamphetamine Drug Abuse Signs & Symptoms

It may not be easy to tell, but there are signs you can look for if you suspect someone of using methamphetamines.

Your Brain

In the short term, meth causes mind and mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria and depression. Long-term effects can include chronic fatigue, paranoid or delusional thinking and permanent psychological damage.

Your Body

Over "amping" on any type of speed is pretty risky. Creating a false sense of energy, these drugs push the body faster and further than it's meant to go. It increases heart rate, blood pressure and risk of stroke.


Meth is a powerfully addictive drug that can cause aggression and violent or psychotic behavior.

It's Not What it May Seem

Even speed drugs are not always safe. Giga-jolts of the well known stimulants caffeine or ephedrine can cause stroke or cardiac arrest when overused or used by people with a sensitivity to them.

It Can Kill You

An overdose of meth can result in heart failure. Long-term physical effects such as liver, kidney and lung damage may also kill you.

Quick Facts About Methamphetamine

- The number of people admitted to treatment for methamphetamine use problems has been rising for several years.

- Meth can cause a severe "crash" after the effects wear off and can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain.

- Meth users who inject the drug and share needles are at risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.

- Some methamphetamine users get hooked the first time they snort, smoke or inject it. Because it can be made from lethal ingredients like battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze, there is a greater chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke or serious brain damage with this drug than with other drugs.

- Though it is easy to obtain, methamphetamine is dangerous. People who take meth can become paranoid, confused and aggressive; they can die from overheating and convulsions.

- Over time, meth users risk brain damage and addiction.


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