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What should I know about methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, crystal, speed, ice, uppers, or crosstops, tina, or glass, is a crystalline white powder that dissolves in water. The effects of methamphetamine are stimulating—upon consumption of meth, heart rate increases drastically and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is activated. Often, this comes with elevated blood pressure, rapid breathing, sweating, seizures, anxiety, and paranoia. Longer, more serious side effects include premature aging of the organ systems in the body, neuronal death, and muscle breakdown.


Dependence is common in those who use methamphetamine. Often, methamphetamine use will cause a crash and then withdrawal that lasts 3-4 weeks of craving, body ache, depression, anxiety, aggression, and paranoid behavior. Long-term use of methamphetamine can cause permanent damage to the brain structure, heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver, and teeth. It’s very common that psychiatric problems arise from meth use including delusions or hallucinations, which can be permanent for some people. The risk of Parkinson’s disease increases to 3 times as much than non-users.


If you or a loved one is abusing methamphetamine use, call us today. Here at South Bay Connect, we’re a group of trained professionals here to support you.

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