Crystal methamphetamine addiction effects are deadly, as seen in these before and after photos. Injection can lead to overdose deaths.
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Methamphetamine: its devastating effects are all too apparent. Here’s how to survive.
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What is it?
Methamphetamine–also known as meth, crystal and ice–is a highly addicting stimulant drug similar to amphetamine. It comes in a white, odorless crystalline powder form that can be smoked, snorted, taken orally, or injected by dissolving in water or alcohol. It produces immediate and intense euphoric sensations that users often take in repeated doses.
Where is it located?
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that about 500 metric tons of methamphetamine and amphetamine are produced every year worldwide, with 24.7 million users. They are the second-most commonly used illicit drugs in the world, with 45% of meth lab shutdowns occurring in China followed by Mexico.
How will it kill you?
Long-time users will have noticeable changes in their physical appearance as seen in these faces of crystal methamphetamine photos, oftentimes showing signs of premature aging, facial scarring from picking their scabs or scratching their skin down to the bone, and severe oral problems, known as meth mouth. Overdosing on meth results in a wide range of symptoms, the most severe and fatal being brain bleeding, andrenergic storm, circulatory collapse, kidney failure, dangerously high body temperature, and brain damage. Death is generally preceded by coma and convulsions.
How to survive:
Treatment of methamphetamine varies and is managed by treating each of the symptoms the victim is experiencing. Initial care includes the administration of activated charcoal and sedation. Forced acid diuresis helps increase meth excretion, although this isn’t recommended. Benzodiazepine will help drop the blood pressure while chlorpromazine will decrease the stimulant and central nervous system effects from an overdose. Beta blockers may also be used in order to control the victim’s increased heart rate.
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