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(USA) 1-888-668-6378  (International) +1-818-952-5260Share LanguageWho We AreAbout the FoundationGet the FactsThe Truth About DrugsMarijuanaSynthetic DrugsAlcoholEcstasyCocaineCrackCrystal MethInhalantsHeroinLSDPrescription Drug AbusePainkillersRitalinPublic Service AnnouncementsSee the DocumentaryTest Your KnowledgeFree BookletsOrder Free BookletsDownloads & ResourcesTake ActionEffective Drug Education ToolsWhat Teachers& Educators SayLaw Enforcement ProfessionalsDrug Prevention SpecialistsParentsPrevention ActivitiesNewsContact UsPlay VideoCrystal MethFlip through the Booklets”Stay Up and Study” See the AdThe Truth About Crystal Meth Watch the DocumentaryHOME » THE TRUTH ABOUT CRYSTAL METH » The Deadly Effects of MethTHE DEADLY EFFECTS OF METHThe hideous look of crystal meth shows on the scarred and prematurely aged faces of those who abuse it.(Photo credit: courtesy Attorney General’s Office, Taswell County, Illinois)The short-term and long-term impact of the individualWhen taken, meth and crystal meth create a false sense of well-being and energy, and so a person will tend to push his body faster and further than it is meant to go. Thus, drug users can experience a severe “crash” or physical and mental breakdown after the effects of the drugs wear off.Because continued use of the drug decreases natural feelings of hunger, users can experience extreme weight loss. Negative effects can also include disturbed sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability.Other serious effects can include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia.1 In some cases, use can cause convulsions that lead to death.Long-range damageIn the long term, meth use can cause irreversible harm: increased heart rate and blood pressure; damaged blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes or an irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause cardiovascular2 collapse or death; and liver, kidney and lung damage.Users may suffer brain damage, including memory loss and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts. Those who recover are usually subject to memory gaps and extreme mood swings.METH HARMSHORT-TERM EFFECTSLoss of appetiteIncreased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperatureDilation of pupilsDisturbed sleep patternsNauseaBizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behaviorHallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritabilityPanic and psychosisConvulsions, seizures and death from high dosesLONG-TERM EFFECTSPermanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and deathLiver, kidney and lung damageDestruction of tissues in nose if sniffedRespiratory (breathing) problems if smokedInfectious diseases and abscesses if injectedMalnutrition, weight lossSevere tooth decayDisorientation, apathy, confused exhaustionStrong psychological dependencePsychosisDepressionDamage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease,3 stroke and epilepsy1. paranoia: suspicion, distrust or fear of other people.2. cardiovascular: related to both the heart and blood vessels.3. Alzheimer’s disease: a disease affecting some older people that is accompanied by memory loss. PreviousNext Free Booklet The Truth About Crystal MethFind out the truth about crystal meth. Get the facts.Request your free copy of the booklet,The Truth About Crystal MethRequest Booklet »The FactsThe Truth About DrugsThe Truth About MarijuanaThe Truth About Synthetic DrugsThe Truth About AlcoholThe Truth About EcstasyThe Truth About CocaineThe Truth About Crack CocaineThe Truth About Crystal MethWhat is Crystal Meth?What is Methamphetamine?What Does Methamphetamine Look Like?Street NamesWhat is Meth Made From?A Worldwide Epidemic of AddictionThe Deadly Effects of MethMeth HarmHow Methamphetamine Affects People’s LivesThe Stages of the Meth “Experience”History of MethamphetamineThe Truth About DrugsThe Truth About InhalantsThe Truth About HeroinThe Truth About LSDThe Truth About Prescription DrugsThe Truth About PainkillersThe Truth About Ritalin AbuseSEE DOCUMENTARYTHE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGSSite NavigationWho We AreGet the FactsFree BookletsTake ActionNewsDownloads & ResourcesDrug-Free Pledge SigningBulk OrdersReal People—Real StoriesContact UsDonate© 2006–2018 Foundation for a Drug-Free World. All Rights Reserved. The Foundation logo is a trademark owned by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.   Privacy Notice • Terms of Use • Legal NoticeFREE DOWNLOAD


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