Methamphetamine Overdose

Methamphetamine Overdose Facts

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In the last post we looked at overdose facts about heroin. In this we will take a look at methamphetamine. One of the most dangerous drugs and one of the most abused drugs in the world. It is important to understand just what an overdose of methamphetamine looks like and what can happen during and overdose.

While the number of people using methamphetamine in Australia has either remained stable or declined in recent years. The number of cases of abuse and/or dependence reported by hospitals has actually increased.  What this means is that the actual number of people using the drug is not increasing. The likelihood of addiction and overdose has nonetheless increased.

Methamphetamine Overdose & Abuse

Methamphetamine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant. Since it is illegal and synthesized in unregulated labs, for this reason the purity and strength of the drug as it becomes available is entirely unpredictable.

Meth abuse can produce high body temperature, mood disturbances including depression and even psychosis, impaired motor activity, and memory problems. Physically, meth can lead to body sores, dental problems, and severe weight loss. With these types of effects, we can imagine that an overdose is an extremely dangerous situation.

Methamphetamine Overdose
Methamphetamine overdoses come in two types: acute and chronic. An acute overdose will inevitably lead to chest pains, irregular breathing, heart attack or stroke. As a result, people suffering from these extreme overdose levels can therefore experience delusions and extreme emotional instability. Severe agitation and paranoia can precede fatal physical consequences.

In what doctors call chronic meth overdose, the cumulative effects of using large amounts of methamphetamine build up over a period of time. Long term use of methamphetamine can lead to kidney damage and kidney failure. In addition, the destruction to teeth, the skin, and bones are also features of chronic methamphetamine overdose.

Chronic Methamphetamine Addiction

Chronic use and abuse of methamphetamine has profound effects on the central nervous system. Meth abuse wears down the respiratory system and causes so much stress on the heart and circulatory system that heart attack and stroke become almost inevitable.

Unlike heroin, there is no easy antidote for an acute methamphetamine overdose. The specific conditions need to be treated by emergency medical professionals immediately. Contact emergency services immediately in the event of an acute methamphetamine overdose.

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

For those struggling with chronic use and abuse of methamphetamine, treatment is the best option. Finding a proper treatment program for methamphetamine addiction is the best course of action for anyone addicted to meth. Since there is not therapeutic use for methamphetamine and it is highly addictive, it is therefore extremely unlikely that anyone using meth will be able to stop entirely on their own.

DARA Rehab Can Help

DARA Rehab has treatment programs are available for meth addiction. These treatment regimens utilize the latest science in treating addiction. DARA offers individualized programs which take into account the specific issues which may underlie meth addiction. Therefore, forms of treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy and mindfulness technique are used and as a result lead people out of deadly cycles of meth abuse. If treated, many of the devastating effects of methamphetamine can be treated and stopped.

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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