Signs of Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse – Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine, called Ice, Crystal, or Crank,actually looks like off-color chunks of crystals, broken glass or ice. It is easily dissolved in water or alcohol and is a white or off-white colored, sometimes odorless, and bitter-tasting crystalline powder.

Methamphetamine, as a powerful stimulant causes an increase in energy, a decrease in appetite, and produces an overwhelming feeling of well being.

After the “rush” the effects can last 6 to 8 hours. In some individuals after the initial “rush” there may result a state of high agitation that can lead to violent behavior and the inability to complete simple cycles of action. Classified as a Schedule II stimulant, methamphetamine creates a high potential for abuse.

Signs of Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine Addict Physical Appearance
  • Dilated pupils and rapid, darting eyes
  • Frequent sweating
  • Tooth decay
  • Skin lesions and frequent sores that take a long time to heal
  • Weight lossSigns of Methamphetamine Abuse
Drug Addict Mannerisms or Behavior
  • Obsessive, fidgety behavior
  • Repeatedly performing the same task over and over again.
  • Constant, rambling conversation
  • Wakefulness that lasts for days
  • Absence from work or daily routine
  • Depression during withdrawal stages
  • Sleeping for days after coming down off meth
  • Dangerous sexual promiscuity.
  • Frustration that they can’t seem to focus or think
  • Hallucinations, paranoia
Drug Addict items around or hidden in the house, bedroom, etc.
  • Strong smells
  • Broken lightbulbs or meth pipes if methamphetamine is smoked
  • Hypodermic needles, spoons, if meth is injected
  • Empty plastic baggies

Get help if you see these signs of methamphetamine abuse.

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