Friday, January 4, 2019

Meth - The Devil's Poison

How Can We Stop Producers, Sellers, Buyers, and Users? 

How Can We Protect The Next Generation?

Methamphetamine; crystal meth, is extremely addictive.  It can be practiced by snorting, injecting or smoking.  The elements of Methamphetamine are highly poisonous. Meth contains (lye), sodium hydroxide, lighter fluid, brake fluid, battery acid, drain cleaner, rubbing alcohol,  paint thinner, and many other items.

What to look for if you suspect your loved one is using Crystal Meth? 

Physical Warning Signs - Meth Abuse

  • Enlarged pupils
  • Inflamed eyes
  • Weight-loss
  • Uncontrolled jerking or twitching, such as eye twitching
  • Persistent nasal problems or nosebleeds
  • Faulty breath
  • Hard, split skin, particularly lips and fingertips
  • Dry jaws
  • Hair damage or loss
  • Unnecessary sweating
  • Shaded circles around the eyes
  • Severe weight loss, appearing bony and gaunt
  • Wounds, sores, red spots on the skin (from injecting meth)
  • Skin wounds from plucking at skin (meth users feel as if insects are under their skin)
  • “Meth mouth” – decaying teeth due to the result of the chemicals 
  • Burn places on fingers or mouth 

Behavior Warnings Signs of Crystal Meth Abuse

  • An excessive focus on trivial matters or task
  • Grinding or gripping teeth
  • Fidged, incapable of sitting still
  • Unnecessary talking/rambling
  • Insomnia, not sleeping for extended days
  • Sleeping for  days
  • Not eating for several days or has no appetite
  • Tedious behavior, obsessive-compulsive actions
  • Hyperactivity, agitated or anxious
  • Short-term memory impairment
  • Scratching or plucking at face/skin
  • Illusions
  • Psychosis and insanity
  • Threatening behavior
  • Mood anxiety
  • Hallucinations

Indirect Signs of Methamphetamine Use: 

These are implied indications of meth usage (and could implement other drugs that are smoked, snorted or injected).

  • Missing or stolen property, valuables and money
  • constant requests to borrow money, especially with nothing to show for it
  • Aluminum foil with scorch marks 
  • Straws (used with snorting and smoking)
  • Hollow plastic pens (used with snorting or smoking)
  • Tiny plastic zip bags
  • narrow pipes (used to smoke)
  • Rolled up paper (used to snort)
  • Razor blades, ID cards with a particles residue on them
  • Syringes and syringe caps (injecting)
  • Missing/removed shoelaces (used to tie injection places)
  • Rubber bands or straps (used to tie off)
If you suspect that someone you know is using methamphetamine or any other street drugs get help immediately.  It is a dangerous and deadly drug.  Because of its numerous acid chemical elements, it can severely endanger your loved one’s well-being and those around.  It is astonishingly addictive, so convincing your loved one to go to therapy, rehab, or see a doctor is crucial.

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