Medical Issues

December 22, 2009

Methamphetamine Complications

Methamphetamine abuse can lead to an array of cardiovascular issues.  These include rapid or irregular heart beat, elevated blood pressure, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), irreversible stroke-producing damage to the brain’s small blood vessels, and convulsions in the cases of overdose, which if not immediately treated can cause death.  Chronic abuse of meth causes inflammation of the heart lining and damages blood vessels and skin abscesses (for those that inject meth).  Methamphetamine abusers commonly have fits of violent behavior, confusion, insomnia, paranoia, or anxiety.  Those who heavily abuse meth show symptoms of social and occupational deterioration.  These psychotic symptoms can last months or even years after the user has stopped using.  Acute lead poisoning is another risk of methamphetamine users; a common method of production requires lead acetate as a reagent.  Errors in this production process can lead to meth that is contaminated with lead.  These are some of the complications that methamphetamine users experience.

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