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Meth-A Dangerous Game That You Can Only Lose

Updated on March 20, 2015
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Author: Matthew A. Easterbrook Matthew A. Easterbrook was born in the San Francisco Bay area and grew up on his grandparent's ranch in Par

Meth-Crystals and Pipe

Methamphetamine the Nightmare Drug

It is a sad, but true fact in America today that many people, young and old, are using "methamphetamine" on a daily basis. There are some grave dangers to using this very toxic substance that some may not be aware of. Most meth users already know many of the dangers, but because they are also usually dealing the drug to support their own habits they don't want these facts to be publicized.

First of all, lets explore the drug "crystal meth" which is used as a cheaper way of getting high instead of its co-conspirator cocaine (cocaine is a lot more expensive and has to be taken more often to get the same stimulating effects.) Crystal meth is usually produced in a powder form and is mostly used by injection or inhaling the drug.

The most popular stimulant amongst meth addicts is "ice" or "glass" on the streets; known by this term because it resembles a piece of clear glass. This form of methamphetamine is extremely addictive and is usually administered by smoking and can have a lasting high up to 20 hours. This of course depends upon the amount smoked and because the user cannot regulate their drug intake, overdose is extremely easy. Some of the very real dangers that "ice/glass" have are such severe effects on the body that many users will simply collapse. The effects can include increased heart rate, which can cause a heart attack. Worse of all, it can make the user want to keep using the drug, and they often are fixated on using and can become what most know as a " speed freak". Presently, the highest rate of drug users for this street menace is in California, Florida, and Texas is the states with the highest reported problems.

Crank is another stimulant and really is just another low grade form of methamphetamine. A lot of times users on the streets identify its quality by its color and when they use it the drug by its "kick". Like other drugs, those dealing it cut, or mix the drug with other toxic substances to make it go further, thus increasing their profits.

Meth Mouth-Teeth

Users Are at High Risk

So those who are taking these drugs are at high risk of death by poisoning and often accidental overdose due to the unknown purity factor of what they are ingesting.

So, let's examine what can happen to the long term user of methamphetamine. The intravenous user can get AIDS, and can also overdose with a very violent death. Meth users (speed freaks) can become so involved with the drug that malnutrition, skin disorders, ulcers, and induced psychosis can occur. The long term user can also develop cardiovascular diseases, hallucinations, vitamin deficiencies, mental illness, and serious brain damage which can ultimately lead to suicide. A lot of "speed freaks" report having slower reaction times when driving, getting into car accidents while under the influence, and have a decrease in over all performances while using methamphetamine. They also report feeling like Superman, feel like performing tasks that they can't while sober, on occasions have jumped off bridges, buildings, tried to fly off of high areas and plummeted to a miserable death.

Honestly, after receiving all this information anyone who is using or planning to experiment better think twice, as methamphetamine cannot only destroy your family, finances, health, intelligence, but the end result is it can kill you in so many different ways.

The question should be why would anyone even want to start taking this horrific drug? I know I wouldn't! If you have ever even considered using methamphetamine in any form, you should seriously consider all the risks associated with using it (even just once!) because it's true: "Meth = Death".

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    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Colorfulone for sharing how this drug has had a negative impact on your personal friends and loved ones. It is a very unforgiving drug in that it can destroy anyone from any social class. Meth is made with so many toxins that even after a lot of addicts have stopped using it they still suffer permanent health and psychological effects from this evil drug. I appreciate your feed back and lastly your idea of having interventions with those you want to help is a fantastic idea. I have always believed through the years as a counselor, friend, and family member to keep helping those with addiction and like you said "Never lose hope that they will get clean off of Meth".

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      This is an important message no matter how many times it gets told. I have seen what meth has done to the lives of people I cared about. It is a sad thing to have to see. But, with an intervention of some kind, there is hope.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for sharing the video P.Duty. Your,feed,back is very appreciated.

      Thanks again,

      Matt

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      pduty 

      3 years ago

      Hi Matt,

      Here is a link to a sad Power of Meth video. Hope it works!

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2470991/Me...

      So sad what this stuff can do!

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for feed back Says Yes To Life. The Nazis and Hitler himself,used regular amphetamines and they would,march and fight for long periods of time and then crash or get,killed.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Excellent poem!

      To those who find it strange that a 62 year old should use meth, you should realize that in the 1960s, it was called "Speed". Actually, it's been around at least since World War II. Japanese suicide bombers used it to stay awake and crazed for days on end.

      Japan today has a ZERO tolerance regarding meth. I saw a video where a man high on meth was holding his 5 year old son; to rescue the boy, the police shot and killed the father. They made no attempts to calm him or anything.

      Considering that it was the father's choice to use in the first place, I see their point.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks P.Duty for sharing your personal and family issues with meth. Your poem was very touching. Meth I will agree with you on that it is one of the eviliest drugs on the planet. Meth use can and usually will result in permanent health issues and or death.

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      pduty 

      3 years ago

      Hi Matt,

      My family has been “VICTIMIZED” by meth in many ways. My brother started using in his mid to late 20’s. He tried it at a party were everyone was doing meth vs. Cocaine (his drug of choice). Little did he know how addictive meth was… For over 10 years he battled the meth addiction. His famous words were “2 weeks sis, 2 weeks” meaning he had been clean 2 weeks. It was something he said to try to make us believe he was clean. Just 22 days before his 40th birthday my baby brother died at the age of 39 from heart complications caused by meth.

      I could go on for hours about this drug and how it has victimized my family, not only by those who use (d) it, but those that love the user and have to live with the devastation that meth has caused in their life.

      Three of my cousin’s ages 39, 44 and 45 and an aunt (age 62) all died because of complications from meth use. I have another cousin who is in a care facility because of an overdose and will never be able to take care of herself again. She can’t walk, can barely talk, and can’t even feed herself.

      I have many more family members whose lives have been and are still affected by “the devil’s dandruff” (as it’s known in my family). There has to be a way to stop this terrible drug from taking anyone else victim!

      Here is a poem that was written by a young Indian girl who was in jail for drug charges, and was addicted to meth. She wrote this while in jail. As you will soon read, she fully grasped the horrors of the drug, as she tells in this simple, yet profound poem. She was released from jail, but, true to her story, the drug owned her. They found her dead not long after, with the needle still in her arm.

      Please keep praying for our Children, Teens, and Young adults.

      Understand this thing is worse than any of us realize...

      My Name: "Is Meth"

      I destroy homes, I tear family's apart, take your children, and that's just the start.

      I'm more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,

      The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.

      If you need me, remember I'm easily found, I live all around you - in schools and in town

      I live with the rich; I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door.

      I'm made in a lab, but not like you think,

      I can be easily made under the kitchen sink;

      In your child's closet; even in the woods,

      If this scares you to death, it certainly should.

      I have many names, but there's one you know best,

      I'm sure you've heard of me, my name is meth.

      My power is awesome; try me you'll see,

      But if you do, you may never break free.

      Just try me once and I might let you go,

      But try me twice, and I'll own your soul.

      When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie,

      You do what you have to -- just to get high.

      The crimes you'll commit for my narcotic charms

      Will be worth the pleasure you'll feel through your lungs, nose, and arms.

      You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad,

      When you see their tears, you should feel sad.

      But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised,

      I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways.

      I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,

      I turn people from God, and separate friends.

      I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride;

      I'll be with you always -- right by your side.

      You'll give up everything - your family, your home,

      Your friends, your money, then you'll be alone.

      I'll take and take, till you have nothing more to give,

      When I'm finished with you, you'll be lucky to live.

      If you try me be warned - this is no game,

      If given the chance, I'll drive you insane.

      I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind,

      I'll own you completely, and your soul will be mine.

      The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed,

      The voices you'll hear, from inside your head.

      The sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see,

      I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.

      But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart,

      That you are mine, and we shall not part.

      You'll regret that you tried me, they always do,

      But you came to me, not I to you.

      You knew this would happen, many times you were told,

      But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

      You could have said no, and just walked away,

      If you could live that day over, now what would you say?

      I'll be your master, you will be my slave,

      I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave.

      Now that you have met me, what will you do?

      Will you try me or not? It's all up to you.

      I can bring you more misery than words can tell,

      Come take my hand; let me lead you to hell.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Says Yes To Life for sharing. You are right the user gets a rush initially from the drug and then as it wears off they go into withdrawal. During the withdrawal stage the user then goes,through the craving of using more meth in this drugs case. This is a vicious cycle that continues with drug usage.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Excellent article. I'd like to add that what makes meth so addicting is that after the first time it is used, it sends the user into a horrific depression that can only be relieved by more meth. That's how people get hooked the first time they use it.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Well put Stargrrl. Yes it can cause a person a lot of health problems. Your right most users get meth,mouth and dentures soon follow.

      Thanks for the feed back,

      Matt

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      Stargrrl 

      3 years ago

      Meth Mouth is disgusting! This was a good hub. Meth is a scary drug, a very scary drug.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Cynthia you are so right about it destroying really great and intelligent people. Unfortunately in all the years I did substance abuse counseling Meth Crank, and Crack all had high rates of relapse and criminal behavior associated with these horrific drugs. I will stay optimistic that you will be able to visit your home town again and we will pray for your parents to be safe.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so.muvh for sharing. Unfortunately meth can ruin upstanding communities. I"m so sorry to hear that your hometown has been fesimated by meth. Hopefully, some day you will be able to get your parents out of that environment and law enforcement will be proactive in cleaning up the area.

      Thanks,

      Matt

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      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Great article Matt! It touches close to home for me. The small town I grew up in has been all but taken over by Meth. I hate that my parents still live there. With the drugs came a rise in the crime rate as well. Break ins, robbery, assults, and sadly even murder. It really bothers me that I doubt I will ever be able to take my son and show him places from my childhood. You are right crank is Meths dirty cousin and is just as bad. I have seen it destroy people I know and their families. Keep up the good work!

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