There are many names for methamphetamine. It is one of the most highly addictive and psychoactive substances on the planet. The damage it does to the body is devastating, but there might be a temporary advantage to those who are under the influence – if only a perceived advantage. Law enforcement officials and civilians alike can attest that those who are in the grips of meth appear to have superhuman strength.
Do not get this confused; this is not a pill that will give a mutant power childhood boys dream about. This superhuman strength is only a misconception, though looking at it might tell you otherwise. Meth reacts with the nervous system and temporarily allows the body to not feel pain. When strength training, or physically training in general, the thing that makes a person believe they reached their limit is the physical pain. Once it hurts enough, the person believes they have reached the limit and they stop. When under the influence of meth, a person does not feel that pain and they keep going – most of the time the person is not training when taking meth. The user does not have super strength, though. Their body does have a limit, they just cannot feel it. While they are pushing their bodies past that limit, their muscles and tendons are being torn – usually the person has a very nasty surprise waiting for them when they come down from the drug. Meth does not give a person superhuman strength. It just makes the person not feel pain temporarily.
Methamphetamine is most often seen as a white, odorless powder that dissolves in water and alcohol. Many times meth is combined with alcohol, increasing the dangers of the drug. Like its parent drug, amphetamine, meth increases talkativeness, decreases appetite, and causes euphoria. Methamphetamine is more potent, meaning more gets to the brain. Though there are many harmful effects, it was originally patented in the early 20th century in nasal sprays and bronchial inhalers. Nowadays, the original properties in meth are put in prescription medications and its manufacturing is not difficult. Meth lab sizes can range anywhere from a 2 liter soda bottle to a complex operation depicted in popular television shows like Breaking Bad. In household labs – which are more common today – ingredients are bought over the counter at your neighborhood grocery store, such as red phosphorus from match books and Drano. The chemicals involved in making meth are highly toxic and can even cause explosions. Meth labs cause physical and environmental damage. They emit a strong ammonia smell and the disposed substances causes damage to the surrounding environment.
Meth Users Unwittingly Commit To Crime
National surveys have been completed on drug use and how it affects health and wellness. It was discovered that not only is a life of drug use unhealthy (likely responsible for future health defects) might be responsible for up to seventy percent of property crimes. Meth users are known for suppressing their responsibilities, losing their jobs and stability. Their drug problems cause them to be cut off from their families and they often turn to crime to support their habits. No neighborhood is immune to the epidemic that is drug addiction. Along with property crimes like petty break-ins, meth users may also begin to traffic drugs These drug trades are dangerous in nature as people who are trading are likely addicted and are unpredictable. Some are eager enough for their drugs that they are willing to kill for them.
Prolonged meth users experience massive weight-loss, severe tooth decay and loss, and skin sores. “Meth mouth” is caused by a combination of poor nutrition that drug addiction is known to lead to, and the chemicals in meth drying out the salivary glands of the mouth. The teeth are then exposed to the acids in the mouth. Meth users are also known to grind their teeth during their high. The skin sores are a result of the picking and scratching that the user does in the delirium that there are insects under their skin.