Methamphetamine is one of most dangerous and addictive substances known. While many people may be aware that using it can make you lose your teeth and develop skin sores, the results of abusing this substance may be even more severe. There are many deadly consequences of meth addiction.
Methamphetamine makes drastic changes in brain chemistry and neural pathways that can lead to irreversible brain damage. This damage has numerous consequences that eventually lead to death. These include:
- Symptoms similar to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's
- Progressive reduction in cognitive function
- Significant and continuing memory loss
- Suppression of primary brain functions
All of these consequences will eventually lead to death. Stopping meth use before they are allowed to develop is the only way to prevent these things from being so deadly.
Other Organ Damage
The brain is not the only organ damaged by methamphetamine addiction. According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland, meth abuse cause damage to nearly every major organ in the body. This includes:
These organs are essential to life and the damage done to them by meth greatly increases the chances of premature death.
Suicide and Homicide
Methamphetamine users face other deadly complications, as well. It is known that the depression, anxiety, and psychosis that so commonly occurs in meth addicts drastically increases the rates of suicide and murder in these people. This means that meth is not only deadly to users, but to everyone around them. This factor makes an already dangerous drug even more deadly.
Diseases and Other Infections
The damages of meth abuse are also very closely related to number of infectious diseases and infections that can also end your life. These include:
- Staphylococcal infections
- Gum disease
All of these diseases and infections can quickly progress to death, even if they are treated. It is best to end your meth addiction before you develop any of these.