Do you think it is virtually impossible that your teen has used methamphetamines? If so, think again. A survey in 2007 showed that one out of 33 kids have used meth. The survey involved 2600 kids aged 12-17. Teenage drug abuse is one of the fastest ways to rip a family apart.
Meth refers to methamphetamines. It is also called speed, krank, or chalk. It is a highly dangerous drug.
What should parents know about teenage drug use that involves meth? Here are 10 facts:
1. Methamphetamines (meth) can be crushed into a powder and snorted, inhaled as a gas through a pipe, or shot intravenously (IV) into the arm with a needle.
2. Methamphetamines cause a huge release of a chemical in the brain known as dopamine which is experienced as intense pleasure.
3. Meth has a stimulant effect.
4. Meth effects include loss of appetite, increased physical activity, too much talking, euphoria, mood swings, and paranoia.
5. Physical problems with meth include increased body temp (up to 108 degrees), seizures, chest pain, increased heart rate, and sweating.
6. A person who uses methamphetamines regularly can experience the sensation of bugs crawling under their skin and they start picking at their skin.
7. When stopping meth, the feelings of depression can be so intense (because the meth habit depletes a person’s natural stores of dopamine in their brain) that a person is VERY likely to relapse in order to feel “happy” again.
8. The main causes of death from methamphetamines are uncontrolled seizures, too high body temperature, stroke, or coma.
9, Mental health symptoms from meth use include depression, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, and irritability or mood swings.
10. Most methamphetmine users commonly abuse alcohol and marijuana as well and therefore may already be suffering from teenage alcoholism.
Teenage drug abuse is an extremely serious problem. If you think there is any chance your teen is using meth, you must get them help immediately or they could die. Teenage alcoholism often accompanies teenage drug use. Teenage substance abuse very rarely involves just alcohol or one drug. Teens like to experiment with multiple substances.
Take your troubled youth to a medical professional and a psychiatrist or therapist that specializes in addiction. They will know what to look for to uncover any teenage drug abuse or alcohol abuse and advise you going forward.
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