Methamphetamines:an addiction that can cost you everything...
April 14, 2007 7:02pm CST
I live in north central arkansas, where meth is growing in increasing numbers day by day. I have lost a lot of friends who have gotten too carried away with the drug, so I know from personal experience how bad it's effects can be. Methamphetamines are a popular drug among today's society. It's not some drug that is just for crack addicts or "poor" society. Methamphetamines are a drug that has been introduced into today's suburbia population. People from all walks of life have fallen victim to this drug. You have everyday housewives to affluent, career oriented people who have become addicted to methamphetamines. Methamphetamines, also known as meth, speed, and chalk, is a Schedule Two stimulate. This means that it has a high potential for abuse. It is also a very addictive drug. Meth is a stimulant that activates certain systems in the brain. The effects of meth are potent, last longer, and are more harmful to the central nervous system. On the street methamphetamines are usually referred to as ice, crystal meth, glass, and tina. People who use meth are taking a risk of developing serious complications to their body. Sometimes even death occurs as a result of an overdose. Many who use meth find that it suppresses the appetite and will often use it as a quick way to loose weight. This drug can also allow a person to stay awake continuously with very little sleep. A person who uses meth will find that they may begin having a fast heart rate as well as breathing. It will also raise their blood pressure. It may also cause sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, and hot flashes. Long-term use of meth can affect the brain by causing brain damage. During this brain damage, a person's memory as well as body movement will be affected. Large doses of this drug will cause convulsions, high body temperature, confusion, and death. Many people who begin taking this drug will think they can control it. They think that they can never become addicted. Most, however, find out that they can't control it; the drug begins to control them. Many who were on top of the world and had it all, will find they have fallen and hit rock bottom. I know this to be true. I have a friend who was recently arrested for using methamphetamines. She had so much going for her. She was a massage therapist, an office manager, and she had two beautiful little girls. Now all of those things she had going for her, she lost. She lost her job, her children, and the respect of her family, friends, and colleagues. Not to mention she now is serving time in jail. Meth is a drug that hurts everyone. It's not just the addicts who are using it, but it also hurts their family and friends. Many lives are changed, especially innocent children. So those who use this drug and say it doesn't hurt better think twice. Before you decide to use this drug for the first time, think of all the things you could possibly loose. Think to yourself, is it worth it? Now that you know how deadly and devastating drug is, will you ever try it? Have you ever tried it? I can honestly admit I never have. Like I said, I seen from close friends how terrible this drug can be. Oh, and I cannot forget one of the worse effects of meth, check out the pic with the rotted teeth, this is one of the bad effects of methamphetamines. So, again, is it really worth it?