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Effects Of Meth Essay

1463 words - 6 pages

Effects of Methamphetamine
Carla Respondo
COM/172
November 11, 2012
Susi McFarland



The human body is affected in different ways when one uses Methamphetamine, also known as Crystal Meth. The drug is white crystalline drugs that people have been known to induce by snorting it, smoking it or injecting it with a syringe. The effects of the drug last between six to eight hours depending on the way the drug is ingested into the body. It can last up to twenty-four hours in some cases. The effects can cause one to have short-term/ long-term damage physically and mentally. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has research that over a period of time, more than 300,000 people ...view middle of the document...

The psychological strain on one’s mind is also affected with this drug.
The brain normally releases a chemical known as dopamine. This chemical in one’s brain gives out the senses for food, hunger, thirst, and sleep. Methamphetamine is known to mimics this effect in the users mind. The mind believes that the body is not hungry. When the human body does not eat, it can result in weight loss, malnutrition, and anorexia. Many users are women that believe that they are over-weight and need the drug to insure weight loss. In the 1950’s there was a rise in the legal prescription of methamphetamine to the American public. Pharmaceutical companies started manufacturing the drug also known as Benzedrine and Adderall, to name a few medications that were legal at that time. When the mind tells one body that it is not tired, the results can include sluggishness, involuntary body movements and irritability. After a long period of time the user can become violent and act out in behavior that a normal person who does not use Methamphetamine can control. This is one effect that the central nervous system has, including ones cardiovascular problems.
Methamphetamine abuse has a variety of effects on the heart and kidneys. The lining of the heart can become inflames and the blood vessels become damaged. The heart is known to rapid heart rate and irregular heartbeats. This can cause increased blood pressure which one can have a possible stroke. With chronic use, the cardiovascular system can shut down, and the result can be death. The long-term result can be hyperactivity, shortness of breath and fatigue. Methamphetamine also damages the kidneys. The kidney in the human body filters waste from the body. In excessive use, the drug causes more of the blood vessels to run through the kidneys, which causes the kidneys to constrict. The result leads to decrease urine production and toxins that are reabsorbed into the human body. This turns into possible nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The human body is put though this strain the outer part of the body is noticeable of a user, such as ones mouth and skin.
The human mouth of a Methamphetamine user is commonly known as “meth mouth.” The drug Methamphetamine is known to have corrosive substances, such as ammonia, and red sulfur acids. These chemicals that are ingested through the mouth in large amounts with smoking or snorting through the nose and eating the drug are known to cause rapid decay. It is common for users not to pay attention to oral hygiene and to experience dry mouth. The lack of saliva in one’s mouth can cause lack of corrosive acids in food or other substances. Many meth users have the craving of sweets, such as sugars foods. A user that has too much sugar with the lack of hygiene decay forms in the mouth. The long-term effect of a lack of care of ones teeth can result in broken, chipped, and several rotten teeth. The human skin of a Methamphetamine user is...

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