Methamphetamine BLOG

There are substances aplenty that some teens abuse that one might wonder how to tell one from the other. Meth is among the substances that a number of teens are experimenting with, and there are warning signs that parents may want to look out for, courtesy of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

If your teen has just begun using meth, short-term use of this substance may lead to an inability to sleep, nervous physical activity, and decreased appetite. Parents may notice that their teen remains extremely alert and energized, despite the fact that he or she had been up all night.

Meth is a stimulant, and one of its effects is increased heart rate. This may lead to the child appearing to be out of breath for no apparent reason. He or she may also look disheveled and unkempt, and may become increasingly secretive.

Depending on how the teen is using meth, there may be burns on the lips or fingers, for those who opt to smoke meth using a hot glass or metal pipe; the child may also experience nosebleeds, if he or she chooses to snort meth; and there may be track marks in the arms, for teens who choose to take meth intravenously.

Since meth affects the central nervous system, which can affect one’s mood, a meth user may be prone to wild mood swings, hostility, or abusive behavior. Deterioration in a teenager’s relationship with family and friends, as well as loss of interest in school and extra-curricular activities, may also serve as warning signs of meth use.