Meth Myths – Meth Makes You Glamorous

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Meth Myths – Meth Makes You Glamorous

One of the greatest gifts we receive in this life is a healthy normal body.  The human body is a miracle of efficiency and design.  With its intricate pulmonary system it is the most advanced living organism on the planet.  Despite man’s attempts to duplicate this miraculous thing we call a body, they have yet to successfully recreate anything that resembles the human being.  Perhaps this is why it is so difficult for many to fathom why an individual would intentionally take something into their body that would destroy it.

To tackle that issue delves into the psychological motivations that drive us as human beings, something we are not going to take on here.  What we are going to do is discuss, in detail, exactly what happens to your body when you embark down the Meth addiction road.  Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing, however before you exercise that freedom, let us help you with the facts, so you can at least make an informed choice.

Methamphetamine, What is it?Meth Myths

Without providing a detailed explanation of how this drug is made, let us simply tell you some of the harmful ingredients that go into making it.  Here are just a few that you might want to think about.

  • Acetone is found in nail polish remover and paint thinner. It’s extremely flammable.
  • Anhydrous Ammonia is found in fertilizer and some cleaners. Mixing it with other chemicals creates a toxic gas.
  • Hydrochloic Acid is used to make plastic. It is so corrosive that it can remove rust from steel and is capable of eating away flesh.
  • Lithium is found in batteries. It burns the skin, is highly explosive, and reacts violently with water.
  • Red phosphorus is found on matchboxes, in road flares, and in other explosives. It is highly flammable.
  • Toluene is found in brake fluid. It is so corrosive it can dissolve rubber.
  • Sodium Hydroxide or lye is used to dissolve roadkill. It is corrosive and can also burn skin or cause blindness.
  • Sulfuric Acid is found in drain cleaner or toilet cleaner. It is corrosive and can also burn the skin.
  • Propane is used as a heat source to “Cook” the end concoction.

How many of you have said to yourself, “Hmm, I am really interested in trying something new, I think I’ll take a swig of this nail polish, just for kicks.”  Probably none of you.  Why?  Because you’re not an idiot.  All humans have an innate desire for self preservation.  It is in our DNA, if you will.  Looking at the above list of chemicals, few if any sane and rational individuals would ever consider ingesting these into their bodies.

Of course, at this point our thoughts turn to the fads that seem to rise more and more frequently.  The Tide Pod Challenge, Using an eraser to rub on your skin until it bleeds, putting your hand on a hot stove to see how long you can keep it there, and the list goes on and on.  However, to knowingly eat any of the harmful substances listed above is outside of the realm of possibility of even the most daring individual.  However once combined into a single form it has a powerful allure that is deadly.  Let’s look at what this chemical actually does to the body.

How Meth Worksmeth myths

When Meth is ingested, either orally, or via injection, it has an immediate effect on the central nervous system.  Our brains create a chemical called Dopamine.  Dopamine is what makes us feel good, positive and generally upbeat.  It is an essential part of our physical makeup.  Without it we would be in a constant depression, in fact those who battle mood disorders generally have a lower than normal amount of Dopamine in their system.

Meth causes an instant flood of dopamine to be released, which causes an initial feeling of euphoria, which is why it is so addictive.  These abnormally high levels of Dopamine, caused by the use of Meth, are highly addictive.  Just one experimentation with its use can trigger extremely strong cravings that can be difficult to ignore.  Other affects over the short term use of Meth are, increased energy levels, a feeling of invincibility and a lack of appetite.  So now you might be saying, “Great, so what’s the problem?”

Well, let’s look at what else happens to the body, or the “Cost” of this temporary high.

meth mythsEffect on Your Cardiopulmonary System

In order to produce the “Meth High” your body must pay a heavy price.  This price is particularly difficult for your heart and lungs.  Do any of these sound enjoyable?

Vasoconstriction – The narrowing of blood vessels and arteries that restrict normal blood flow.

The blood vessels are responsible for transporting blood throughout the body.  When methamphetamine is introduced into the cardiopulmonary system vasoconstriction occurs.  Basically the heart has to work much harder to pump needed blood to the body.  Over the short term this can cause an inflammation of the heart, seizures, psychosis, stroke and brain bleed, all of which can make for a very bad day indeed.

Constricted blood vessels also produce headaches, irregular heartbeats and chest pain. Additionally, the constriction of the blood vessels can cause pulmonary edema or excessive fluid on the lungs, leading to chronic lung disease.  Damaging the heart and lungs can cause irreparable damage that will affect your later quality of life.

 

Meth Makes You Look Glamorous

If you’re looking for a cool hip look, Meth is not the answer.  As discussed earlier, when you ingest such harsh chemicals as those found in Meth, your sensitive skin and other organs are not able to endure the torture.

How Meth Affects Your Skin

Sudden bouts of Acne can pop up.  As the drug ravages your system, the user can experience hallucinations like bugs crawling under their skin.  Often they will pick, scratch and claw at their skin in an attempt to eradicate the itching annoyance.  This can leave serious scars, bumps and abrasions the do not heal quickly.  Continued use results in permanent scarring to the face and other areas, resulting in a complete alteration of the abusers physical appearance.  as demonstrated in these images.

meth abuser 3Meth abuse

Meth makes you beautiful?  Uh, not so much.

 

How Meth Affects Your Body 

Because meth severely inhibits your natural appetite, you loose weight.  Not the best diet plan.  Prolonged use of meth robs the body

of the ability to provide necessary nutrition, due to the long periods without eating.  In an attempt to stay healthy, the body will consume muscle and fat indiscriminately.  Facial fat and

muscle tissue will be absorbed in this process, yielding a gaunt and hallowed appearance, as in the photo to the right.  This is the change that occurred after only 5 years of meth use.

Meth Robs You of Your Smile

We’ve all see the pictures, but have you ever wondered why?  Using Meth will first cause discoloration of the teeth followed by active decay and eventually complete loss of the dental structure.  While there are many contributing factors to “Meth Mouth” as it is coined, there is no disagreement that the harsh chemicals found in Meth cause a gradual erosion of the Dental enamel.  This coupled with poor dental hygiene and the clenching and grinding action of the teeth during the meth episode, all culminate in the end result as seen in the image to the left.

Regardless of the root cause, there is no question that prolonged meth use, often in as little as one year, can result in serious dental issues and problems.

 

 

How Does Meth Sound Now?  

The things we have talked about are real.  They aren’t possibly can happen scenarios, it is guaranteed to happen if you choose to use Meth.  Just like someone who smokes a pack a day for over 40 years is most likely to develop Emphysema, so it is with the habitual drug abuser.  We have only talked about the health dangers of this drug.  There are so many other consequences that could ruin your life.  Legal problems, loss of income, and the list goes on and on.

At Meth Mob Decontamination Specialists, we are passionate about eradicating this horrible substance from the earth, once and for all.   Perhaps by proper education and motivation we can actually make a difference.  If you suspect a living space that you or your family occupies is contaminated by Meth production, it is important to get professional help.

 

 

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