Meth (short for Methamphetamine) is a highly addictive drug. The use of Meth contributes to many physical and psychological changes by the abuser. Unfortunately, many teenagers participate in the illegal use of Methamphetamines. It can be made almost anywhere, and many teenagers have easy access to this illicit drug. According to MTV News, use of Meth by teenagers is on the rise.
How can a parent determine if their teenager is using Methamphetamines?
Teenagers abusing Meth may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
The use of Meth causes extreme weight loss during the first month to two months of use. After this time, the body develops a level of tolerance and weight loss tapers off. The promise of weight loss can be a motivator for teenagers to begin using Meth.
Meth users tend to scratch and pick at their skin due to a crawling sensation on their skin from the drug. Methamphetamines cause the skin to itch and tingle, leading teenagers to create the sores on themselves. The wounds can be severe.
Commonly called “Meth Mouth”, the use of Methamphetamines leads to a range of problems in a teenager’s mouth. Reduction in saliva leads to a decrease in bacterial fighting agents. Teenagers may combat dry mouth by increasing their consumption of sugary drinks. Grinding can lead to cracked teeth. Meth also causes a restriction of blood into the gums leading to gum disease.
Extended Time without Sleep
Methamphetamines can cause teenagers to stay awake for long periods of time. A person may stay awake for two to three days while taking the drug.
Nervousness and Rambling Conversation
A teenager may appear nervous and be fidgety. After extended use of Methamphetamines, teenagers may exhibit full paranoia. Teenagers may also talk constantly with little focus or purpose.
What should a parent do if Meth use by their teenager is confirmed?
Meth is a powerful drug, causes significant damage to many parts of the body, and it is highly addictive. Parents need to take the use of the drug by a teenager extremely seriously. Even if you believe that your teenager is only a minimal user, steps need to be taken to ensure the use of Meth is stopped immediately.
Parents may need professional assistance in order to help their teenager. Parents should search for drug counseling programs specializing in behavior modification therapy and Methamphetamine abuse.
MTV News Meth Use on the Rise Among Teens