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Drug of Abuse Detection: Methamphetamine Abuse - 10 Not So Fun Facts

Did you know that…

  1. Meth production involves chemicals that remain in the environment even after the lab has been shut down. These chemicals lead to serious health issues in people in the surrounding area and can occasionally cause fires and explosions.

  2. Methamphetamine users are at a higher risk of contracting serious infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B and C or HIV.

  3. Long-term meth abuse leads to cognitive impairment.

  4. It has been suggested that people who used amphetamine once have an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

  5. Yes, there are methamphetamine overdoses resulting even in death.

  6. Methamphetamine – unlike other stimulants – remains unchanged in the body in a higher percentage, therefore extending the stimulant effects.

  7. It increases the risk of cardiovascular problems leading to heart attack, acute aortic dissection, sudden cardiac death, stroke, and atherosclerosis.

  8. Saliva tests conducted e.g. with portable analyzers can detect the presence of methamphetamine up to three days after use. However, the drug can remain in the body much longer in the case of frequent or heavy meth users.

  9. Drug screening for meth can be done on hair, urine, sweat, saliva, and blood, with some drug testing methods being quite convenient and cost-effective.

  10. Recovering from meth addiction can take up to two years, while the effects – especially in the case of long-term abuse – can be felt for a lifetime.

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