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What are the effects of taking crystal meth?

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Effects of crystal meth include:

  • Meth can make a user's body temperature rise so high he or she could pass out or even die.
  • A user may feel anxious and confused, be unable to sleep, have mood swings, and become violent.
  • Looks can change dramatically. A user may age quickly. The skin may dull, and he or she can develop hard-to-heal sores and pimples. He or she may have a dry mouth and stained, broken, or rotting teeth.
  • The user may become paranoid. He or she may hear and see things that aren’t there. Users may think about hurting themselves or others.
  • A meth user is at higher risk for HIV/AIDS. The drug can affect judgment and lessen inhibitions. Someone under the influence of the drug may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as unsafe sex.

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction,” “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine,” “Methamphetamine,” “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.”

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Crystal Meth.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine.”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine.”

News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Meth Project: “How to Spot a User,” “Find Help.”

NIDA for Teens: “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (Meth).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 26, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction,” “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine,” “Methamphetamine,” “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.”

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Crystal Meth.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine.”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine.”

News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Meth Project: “How to Spot a User,” “Find Help.”

NIDA for Teens: “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (Meth).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 26, 2017

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