Shooting Meth

Shooting meth is the most dangerous and widely used method of methamphetamine consumption.

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What is Shooting Meth?

There are many methods of consuming meth. The method of injecting the potent stimulant is known as shooting meth. Also referred to as slamming, this practice generates a higher degree of euphoria at a much faster phase compared to other forms of ingestion. Since its introduction to the US in the 1930s, meth has become one of the most widely abused drugs in the country.

Meth can be consumed orally, snorted, smoked, or injected. While all forms of meth use can lead to addiction, physical and psychological complications, and possibly even death, injecting the drug is likely to be the most dangerous form of abuse.

FAQ

What are the signs of meth use?

Signs of shooting meth include bruises or scabs on the skin, injection paraphernalia such as needles, spoons, or tourniquets, and always wearing long sleeve clothes.

What are the health hazards of shooting meth?

Shotting meth can cause a number of health complications such as serious infections, permanent vein damage, and an increased risk of an overdose.

Shooting Meth Effects and Dangers

Initially developed for inhalers and as a nasal decongestant, meth causes an intensely powerful euphoria when consumed. Oral consumption activates its effects within 15 to 20 minutes, while the effects of snorting are felt within 3 to 5 minutes. However, injecting meth may produce its effects instantly. On average, individuals who shoot meth experience an immediate rush within 30 seconds or less. The intense euphoric high generated usually lasts for a shorter period than when consumed through other methods. Due to their short-lived effects, individuals who shoot meth require repeated and constant doses to avoid withdrawal.

The immediate and severe effects of shooting meth accelerate the development and increase the severity of one’s addiction. Shooting meth can also rapidly increase the level of tolerance within a short period. Resulting in users consuming dangerously high doses to experience the same initial high. Subsequently, the rapid increase of doses can drastically increase the chances of an overdose.

The dangers of shooting meth go beyond the direct impact of the drug’s effects. Drug users usually share needles, which increases their chances of contracting blood-borne viruses, many of which are highly dangerous. Individuals under the influence of meth often engage in risky and violent behavior, which increases the chance of injury and infectious disease.

Shooting meth can also lead to several other issues, such as:

  • Vein damage, including scarring and collapsed vein.
  • The stimulating effects of meth can cause veins to contract or shrink, making it almost difficult for users to locate a safe vein.
  • Burning and inflammation in the veins that are usually caused by the chemicals used to make meth.
  • Formation of abscesses and blood clots.
  • Bacterial and fungal infections on the skin, in the veins, and around the heart.
  • Sores around veins and injection site.

FAQ

What are the risks of injecting meth?

While any form of administration of methamphetamine can lead to addiction and health problems, injecting meth can speed up the process of addiction, dependence, and tolerance.

What are the bloodborne viruses caused by shooting meth?

Sharing needles can increase the risk of contracting contagious and dangerous viruses such as HIV and hepatitis.

Adverse Consequences of Shooting Meth

Legal Consequences Financial Consequences

While meth is considerably easier and cheaper to obtain than many other illicit drugs, it can still be an expensive habit, especially as the habit worsens with time. Meth use also contributes to irresponsible spending, ineffective financial management, and property damage. Meth is a financial sinkhole that is compounded by the fact the users can never hold on to a job.

The Social Effects

There is a significant social stigma related to shooting meth. Those who practice this method often wear long-sleeved clothing to hide their wounds and scars on injection sites and avoid those around them. The shame and stigma associated with this habit cause the user to isolate themselves socially and thus further straining their relationship with family and friends. Unfortunately, society generally tends to avoid associating with meth users, and meth users generally avoid society.

Mental Health Consequences

Meth use can cause or magnify severe psychological disorders. Many of those who abuse meth suffer from mental health disorders and use the drug as an escape or a form of self-medication. However, In reality, meth use often aggravates the severity of these co-occurring conditions. The use of meth limits the brain’s natural production of dopamine. This can cause users to experience severe depression when the effects of the drug wear off.

Long-term psychological harm caused by meth may include:

  • Severe brain damage
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Aggressive, psychotic, and violent behavior
  • Loss of ability to feel pleasure
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
Medical Consequences

There are many medical consequences of shooting meth, especially with long-term use.

Some of the common and severe health effects may include:

  • Inability to sleep
  • Fatal overdose
  • Nerve damage
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Seizure
  • Severe tooth damage and decay
  • Increased risk of contracting blood-borne viruses
  • Sores and skin infections
  • Heart problems
  • Congenital disabilities
  • Stroke
  • Withdrawal
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Uncontrollable jaw clenching and seizures
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