The media seems to continuously cast an outpour of myths adding to the already revolving mystique around meth addiction. Not many people are aware of what’s true and what isn’t, what happens to just be an exaggeration and what might actually, and unfortunately, be a total understatement. It almost seems elusive to hear about the intensely violent and aggressive behavior linked to meth abuse. The horror stories are actually quite prevalent floating around the media. There are probably a string of frivolous rumors along with unbelievable yet nonetheless legitimate stories out there.
For starters, there are some exaggerations which have been repeatedly used in the news, such as articles on brain cells vanishing and shrunken brains, etc. This conclusion was based off of a study that used MRIs to compare the brain sizes of meth addicts to non drug users. However, looking deeper into the whole study, and examining the findings, they actually fell way too short to suffice a conclusion offering less than what is needed to make following interpretations. It seems as though a domino effect followed this study in implications and interpretations that were unwarranted. Additionally, the non drug users had higher levels of education than the meth users. Also, there wasn’t any data that compared the meth users with non drug users on any memory tasks which makes an additional interpretation made by them (“chronic meth abuse causes a selective pattern of cerebral deterioration that contributes to impaired memory performance) completely unfounded. It remains unclear whether or not the data from this research and these studies is true or not, considering the total lack of actual hard cold evidence.
On the contrary and despite these exaggerations, there are many truths about meth which actually might seems little “out there” at first glance. For example, these stories about meth addicts staying up with no sleep for days on end, sometimes up to nine days (sometimes even longer), are absolutely true. Meth acts as a stimulant to the nervous system and it disrupts the natural chemistry of the body to the point where the addict who keeps taking more stays up for overly lengthy periods of time (average is about four days) with tons of energy until an eventual crash.
Another fact to be backed up is that meth can injure or burn the meth cook who screws up whilst concocting it, as these ingredients have a chance of exploding. It can also poison any unfortunate bystander being exposed to it, or somebody who encounters one of these dumpsites on accident. The reason for this is because meth is a synthetic drug with a list of nasty ingredients that contain a toxic chemical variation involved in making it. Meth contains things like battery acid and drain cleaner in it. It is also a fact that meth can cause hallucination. This is common during the stage known as “tweaking” where the user is thrown into a psychotic and paranoid, usually deluded state of mind. This is probably one of the most destructive stages of meth use, as the addict is not in the reality everyone else seems to be sharing. In conclusion, above are the fallacious myths, outlandish rumors, and unfortunately legitimate facts of common meth culture.