5 WAYSMETH DESTROYSTHE BODY AND MINDThe ugly consequences of a deadly drug
• Meth is among the most addictive substances on theplanet, causing a dopamine spike in the brain 3 times morepowerful than cocaine and 10 times more powerful thansex.• People can become addicted to meth after using the drugjust once.• Using meth repeatedly changes the brain’s chemistry andcan cause permanent brain damage.• As of 2008, 12.6 million Americans had usedmethamphetamine, according to the Substance Abuse andMental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).FACTS ABOUT METH
Meth ruins lives:Here are 5 ways the drugaffects the body and brain.
• Meth cuts off the blood supply to skin, causingskin to lose its elasticity and luster and causingacne.• Meth users frequently pick at their skin, aphenomenon called “formication,” that leads tosores and scabs on the skin.• Meth users often have burns around theirmouths from smoking the drug.#1: SKIN
“FACES OF METH” (PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF)
• Heavy meth users frequently develop tooth decayand broken and discolored teeth, known as “methmouth.”• Meth reduces saliva production, which causes themouth’s acids to erode tooth enamel, and corrosivechemicals in the drug may also contribute to toothdecay.• Meth users frequently consume sugary drinks andsnacks, grind their teeth and generally neglect theirteeth, adding to the problem.#2: TEETH
“METH MOUTH” (COPYRIGHT DR. CHRIS HERINGLAKE, DDS, ST.CLOUD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY).
• Meth causes the brain to release dopamine inlarge amounts; over time, meth can damagethe wiring of the brain, permanently alteringusers’ ability to experience pleasure.• Heavy meth use can lead to aggression,paranoia, and psychotic behavior.• Meth use causes intense focus that canbecome obsessive.#3: BRAIN
• Meth can cause permanent damage tocognitive abilities; disorganization is a commonproblem resulting from meth abuse.• Meth can cause extreme increases in bodytemperature, which can cause brain damage.• Meth impairs judgment and heightens libido,which can lead users to engage in risky sexualbehaviors.#3: BRAIN (CONT’D)
• Meth use decreases the body’s ability to fightinfections.• A weakened immune system leaves userssusceptible to contracting diseases andinfections.#4: IMMUNE SYSTEM
• Meth use can damage the liver and lead toliver disease, cirrhosis and hepatitis.• Acute liver damage/failure can ultimately leadto death.#5: LIVER
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