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Signs of Meth Use
Parents and others should be aware of the signs of meth use so they can get help for a person who is abusing methamphetamine. Methamphetamine, or meth, abuse is a dangerous habit that can lead to addiction, mental damage, and death.
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Meth can come in many forms and be taken many different ways, including smoking, snorting, swallowing, and injecting. It is usually white or off-white and may be in pills, powders, chunks, or other forms. Parents who find meth or the tools for using it, such as needles, surgical tubing, razors blades for cutting the drug, mirrors, straws for snorting meth, or glass or metal pipes for smoking it should talk to their teens about their concerns and seek help.
Other than actually finding the drug, parents and others should watch for less obvious signs that a person is using meth. Though some warning signs of meth use can be similar to normal changes during the teen years, others are easier to spot.
Meth can stay in the body for a number of hours after it is taken. While a person is high on meth, others may notice some signs of meth use such as:
Though these symptoms may wear off once the drug is out of the person’s symptoms, meth use has other effects that last once the high wears off:
Teens who abuse meth may also use methamphetamin street names for the drug, including:
Teens who are using meth may need professional help to overcome a drug addiction and to avoid using it in the future. Watch for any signs of meth use and seek help immediately.
The Partnership for a Drug Free America, "Warning Signs: Is Your Child Using Meth?" [online]
KCI: The Anti-Meth Site, "FAQ about Methamphetamine" [online]
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