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There are many ways that meth can be used. Meth can be swallowed by putting it in empty gelatin capsules, mix it into water, or add it to coffee. Meth can be chopped into a fine powder and snorted into the nose with a straw. You can smoke meth in a glass pipe, light bulb, or on aluminum foil. Injected into a vain with a hypodermic needle, which increases the chance of addiction, the effects of meth are faster and more intense.

Mixed with water and inserted anally using a syringe without the needle, commonly know in the gay community as getting booty bumped.

Smoking Meth

Smoking meth actually refers to vaporizing it to produce fumes, rather than burning and inhaling the resulting smoke, as with tobacco. You can smoke meth in glass pipes, or in aluminum foil heated by a flame underneath.

Injecting Meth

crankInjection is a popular method for meth use, also known as slamming, but carries quite serious risks. The hydrochloride salt of meth is soluble in water; injection users may use any dose from 125 mg to over a gram, using a small needle. This dosage range may be fatal to non-addicts; addicts rapidly develop tolerance to the drug. Injection users often experience skin rashes (sometimes called “speed bumps”) and infections at the site of injection. As with any injected drug, if a group of users shares a common needle or any type of injecting equipment without sterilization procedures, blood-borne diseases such as HIV or hepatitis can be transmitted as well.

Methamphetamine is most often used in a “binge and crash” pattern. Tolerance for methamphetamine occurs within minutes. The pleasurable effects begin to disappear even before the drug concentration in the blood falls significantly. Users try to maintain the high by binging on the drug.   


Identifying Abuse

  • Users are referred to as a Meth head (regular user), Meth monster (one who has a violent reaction to methamphetamine), or Speed freak (habitual user of methamphetamine).
  • The person may exhibit anxiousness; nervousness; incessant talking; extreme moodiness and irritability; purposelessness; repetitious behavior such as picking at skin or pulling out hair; sleep disturbances; false sense of confidence and power; aggressive or violent behavior; disinterest in previously enjoyed activities; and severe depression.
  • A person using alcohol while on methamphetamine, during the “tweaking” stage, can be identified by looking at their eyes. Their eyes will jerk back and forth when they look out of the corner of their eyes (a horizontal-gaze nystagmus).
  • The chronic user of powdered methamphetamine is often undernourished with a gaunt appearance, poor hygiene, and bad teeth. Chronic abusers are violent and suffer rapid mood swings, with behavior going from friendly to hostile in seconds.
  • If an abuser has taken a lethal dose of d-methamphetamine, the heart rate will rapidly increase and the abuser will collapse and suffer a heart attack or a stroke. The only overt signs of overdose are an abnormally high temperature or the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.  

Methamphetamine’s high lasts anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, and 50 percent of the drug is removed from the body in 12 hours; Methamphetamine will stay in the plasma between 4 to 6 hours; it can be detected in the urine one hour after use and up to 72 hours after use; Methamphetamine metabolites can be detected in the body for 2 to 4 days.   

Methamphetamine is typically used on a regular daily basis and users tend to integrate their drug use into many of their daily activities. Withdrawal frequently doesn’t occur for 90 days from the time of the last use, making treatment a long-time process. The most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction are cognitive behavioral interventions. These approaches are designed to help modify the patient’s thinking, expectancies, and behaviors and to increase skills in coping with various life stressors. The 12 step program has been shown to have the greatest success rate among methamphetamine users.                   

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