Dangers of Methamphetamine

Meth labs are popping up in the most unlikely places these days. The manufacture of this highly volatile and toxic drug is often occurring in quiet neighborhood communities like Lakewood. The unsettling reality is that thousands of unsuspecting buyers purchase homes that were used as meth labs each year. In these homes, the walls, the insulation, carpeting and other surfaces are saturated in toxic substances. Many of these in-house Meth Labs are small scale drug trafficking operations that only produce about one to two grams per cook. Nevertheless, the danger of these labs has more to do with the blend of noxious chemicals than the quantity.

In recent years the proliferation of meth labs has been on the rise in the state of Florida. In fact, the production, distribution and use of Methamphetamine has become a serious threat to areas like Lakewood. In the past, these labs were mostly concentrated in the Tampa area. However, a significant shift has occurred in the last three years to northern Florida and areas like Lakewood in the Panhandle.

The growing presence of these labs is a strong indicator that Meth abuse and addiction is on the rise. In addition to the personal risks presented by Meth abuse, those who purchase and use this drug are also supporting and contributing to the dangers associated with neighborhood meth labs.

What is Methamphetamine (Meth)?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes Methamphetamine as a highly addictive colorless, odorless crystalline power. Meth is also known as dextromethamphetamine. It is a potent psychoactive drug with rapid and lasting effects. This substance is mostly used recreationally to increase energy and mental alertness. In high doses, Meth elicits euphoria and users can also experience enhanced sexual pleasure and feelings of self-esteem. This powerful nervous system stimulant is occasionally used by the medical community to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obesity.

Signs of Meth Addiction

The dangers of developing a dependence or addiction to this drug cannot be overstated. People in addiction to this Meth will do almost anything to feed this habit. As such, addict are often linked to various criminal offenses that are driven by the need to satisfy uncontrollable cravings. Getting help for this addiction in a timely manner is crucial to the health and wellbeing of the individual and their loved ones. Although the signs of abuse are easy to detect the following list may help to confirm that this drug is being abused…

  1. The Individual is demonstrating an obvious loss of interest in food due to decreased appetite.
  2. Emaciated appearance due to drastic weight loss.
  3. Hyperactivity demonstrated by extreme talkativeness, anxiety and nervousness.
  4. Insomnia. Staying awake for long periods of time.
  5. A dental condition referred to a “Meth mouth”. Meth addiction result in the degradation of
     teeth and gums.