Snorting Meth – Side Effects and Dangers
Meth is a Schedule II stimulant that has a high potential for abuse.
Although meth can sometimes be prescribed for pain relief in small doses, most of the meth in the United States comes from super labs and small neighborhood labs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Meth can be used a variety of ways, but snorting is common among those who are afraid of needles. Snorting also reduces the risk of becoming infected with an infectious disease such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis; however, frequent snorting can cause damage to the nose and sinus cavities. It can make your nose stuffy and cause nosebleeds. Some users have reported damage to the lining and cartilage of the nose. In extreme cases, it can cause a hole in your nose.
According to the anti-meth site Moms and Dads Against Meth, snorting the drug is often not as effective as injecting or smoking the drug. The rush is not as intense. Because of this, some users snort more and more of the drug, making them at risk for a fatal overdose.
Effects of Meth Use
Meth increases heart rate, blood pressure and temperature. Changes in breathing occur. The pupils dilate and appetite decreases. Users may have a boost of energy that lasts for days or even weeks. They may also become dehydrated, dizzy and shaky. Some may also experience headaches and severe stomach pains.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, long-term use of meth can cause many serious physical and mental effects. These include weight loss, dental problems, insomnia, heart attack, stroke, liver and kidney damage. Psychological problems include paranoia, delusions, anxiety, confusion, concentration and memory problems, depression, suicidal thoughts, mood changes and psychosis.
According to Moms and Dads Against Meth, meth use also leads to a lack of motivation, which can cause problems with schoolwork and employment. Meth addicts may drop out of school due to excessive absences or poor performance. Employees may lose their job because of their meth use.
Meth use can eventually lead to dependence and addiction needing special attention and care in a private treatment facility. Some people become addicts after just one use, while others try it once and decide not to use it again. Low-intensity users ingest the drug to experience increased wakefulness to finish a job. They may otherwise function normally; however, this could eventually lead to binge use or addiction.
What Is Meth?
Meth is made from common household chemicals, which is why it causes so many negative health effects. According to Moms and Dads Against Meth, here are some common ingredients of meth:
- Brake cleaner
- Drain cleaner
- Gun cleaner
- Pseudoephedrine/ephedrine (common ingredient in cold medicines)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Gasoline additive
- Engine starter
- Match striker
- Lithium batteries
- Cat litter
Get Meth Addiction Treatment Today
Meth is a highly addictive drug that can alter one’s brain, body and physical appearance quite rapidly. Stop abusing your body and get help. Frequent meth use, including snorting meth, can lead to adverse health effects and even death.
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