Meth Myths

You get more done on meth. You might stay awake longer and be more active, but the tendency to become obsessively focused on minor details–as well as to crash and sleep for days after coming down–means that initial energy surge typically backfires.

Most moth comes from small-time “cooks.” Actually, the majority of methamphetamines come from large “super-labs.” Small kitchen labs using household ingredients such as drain cleaner, battery acid, and antifreeze account for about 20 percent of the meth production in the United States. The amount has declined since a 2006 law required cold medicines containing one of the required ingredients, pseudoephedrine, be taken off store shelves and kept behind pharmacy counters.

Meth has no long-term health consequences ( read how long does meth stay in your system ). Recent studies show that continued use can lead to internal bleeding, congestive heart failure, and a higher risk of Parkinson-like movement disorders later in life–the kind that cause uncontrollable body tics and twitches.

Rehab works only if you want to quit. Due to the compulsion that users develop for meth, most people don’t get clean until they’re forced to. If you have a friend who doesn’t realize he or she has a problem, getting help from parents or teachers to have the person admitted to a recovery program is the best thing to do. Addicts are more likely to agree to continued treatment once the drug is out of their systems.

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