The destructive impact of methamphetamine in Arizona has been staggering. Meth devastates not only those using the drug, but also their family, friends and neighbors.
Short Term Effects
Following the "rush," there is typically a state of high agitation that in some individuals can lead to violent behavior. Other possible immediate effects include:
Long Term Effects
Chronic use of meth can cause paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive behavior (such as compulsively cleaning and grooming or disassembling and assembling objects), and delusions of parasites or insects crawling under the skin.
Long-term use, high dosages, or both can induce full-blown toxic psychosis. This behavior is usually coupled with extreme paranoia. Meth can also cause strokes, heart attack and death.
Why Some People Use Meth
Immediately after smoking or injection, the user experiences an intense sensation, called a "rush," that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable.
For users, meth becomes the focus of their life. They neglect their families, home, work, personal hygiene and safety. Many users are driven into severe depression, followed by worsening paranoia, belligerence, aggression - a period known as "tweaking."
Meth Warning Signs