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Meth Mouth and Crank Bugs: Meth-a-morphosis

Sara Bellum

The SBB has already told you about some of the nasty effects that methamphetamine can have on the body—remember that post about how scavengers won’t even eat the dead bodies of meth users?

Not only can meth mess up your body’s chemical structure and even cause problems with your heart and lungs, it also changes your appearance and behavior. Soon, meth users might not even look or act like themselves.

Bad news for teeth and skin. Ever heard of “meth mouth?” It isn’t pretty. Meth reduces the amount of protective saliva around the teeth. People who use the drug also tend to drink a lot of sugary soda, neglect personal hygiene, grind their teeth, and clench their jaws. The teeth of meth users can eventually fall out-even when doing something as normal as eating a sandwich. As if that’s not bad enough, meth can also cause skin problems-and we’re not just talking about regular zits.

Take a look at these pictures from the Department of Justice—but beware, they are disturbing!

Meth users’ skin can start to look like this because they frequently hallucinate—or strongly imagine—that they’ve got insects creeping on top of or underneath their skin. The person will pick or scratch, trying to get rid of the imaginary “crank bugs.” Soon, the face and arms are covered with open sores that could get infected.

No peace of mind. In addition to the “crank bug” hallucinations, long-term meth use leads to problems such as irritability, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, confusion, aggressive feelings, violent rages, and depression.

Users may become psychotic and experience paranoia, mood disturbances, and delusions. The paranoia may even make the person think about killing themselves or someone else.

For more information about how methamphetamine could harm your body and mind, read more in-depth information on NIDA DrugFacts.

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THIS CRAP IS JUST NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone that is saying, "Meth is great" etc. You are probably have halusinations right now because after seeing those images i believe that nobody should do or try meth. I'm not that stupid and i am sure a lot of people agree with me. And flower there are a whole bunch of clinics and anti-drug abuse corporations everywhere that can help you beat your addiction. I hope you make the right choice the stop or have already stopped.

Wow that is crazy. I would never touch meth.
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dude that is some crazy crap.

This stuff is nasty. If you ever think about doing this you might as well shoot yourself cause your gonna die a horrible death if you do meth.

wow y dont they stop its killing them?

thats nasty are they trying 2 b ugly all da time

methbaby is [removed, per guidelines]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she may use but i dont think seh is aware of the damage it can do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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METH IS NASTY DONT USE IT PLZZ... IM ONLY 16 AND I USED IT FOR ACOUPLE OF MONTH I WOULD SMOKE IT BREAKFEST LUNCH AND DINNER AND I STARTED GETTING ANGRY OVER NOTHING I STARTED CHANGING BUT I DIDNT NOE MY FAMILY SAW HOW I WAS BECOMMING A DIFFRENT PERSON THE DRUG WAS CRONTROLING ME AND MY BODY BUT I DIDNT CARE ALL I WAS LOOKING FOR WAS MY NEXT HIT. NOW THAT IM SOBER I FILL HELLA GOOD I FINALLY RELIZE IM A BETTER PERSON WITHOUT IT. IVE BEEN CLEAN FOR 9 MONTHS NOW AND IT FILLS REALLY GOOD TO HAVE CONTROL OVER MY LIFE...

dont do drugs

Being an addict is something we don't chose to be in life. It's a face that can't wash off. Chose to be clean and live life.

Meth is bad...and gross...nuff said

Don't use meth or any other drug!

Using meth is a quick way to lose everything... your health, your job, your friends, your family. There is no way to use meth without getting addicted eventually, sooner rather than later. Just ask Eddie Van Halen or Yasmine Bleeth.

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YO THIS IS SOME MESSED STUFF MAN. MY HOMIE DIED FROM METH . IT WAS SO SAD YOO ! LIL KIDS DONT DO NO DRUGS !!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO HOMIEZ

dont do meth , its bad (:
xoxox homiez

wow there are so many people that just need help. i mean sereously that is just messed up and if you need to take a drug than GET SOME HELP!!!!!!!!!!

"SWAG"

this happens to be gross and maybe instead of leaving nasty comments you should go out there and tell people not to use it.!

dont do drug! my real mom is still do drug. i live with my dad. when im baby she wus party and leave me outside and i was very sick and become deaf. see she was high and dont care bout me. so i not allow around her. i dont want to be around her. i got stepmom and dad who love and care me. so i'm tell u the truth so dont do drug...

DONT DO METH...ITS BAD DONT LISTEN TO METH ADDICTION [Language deleted, per guidelines]

DONT DO IT,,,,,,,

Dear Readers,
If your reading this i wanna tell you i've never tried meth before ever! but my mother used to be a very big addict with meth! she didnwt care abfout me nor none or my sisters. we had to fend for our self. Meth is nothing but a loaded gun your about to put to your head! It take your life away, your family, your friends, everything! PLEASE JUST SAY NO!
Love Taylor, (:

meth does disgusting things to your body. i don't even know why people even consider using meth, let alone other drugs. they should just leave them alone. drugs mess you up.

meth isn't for you, so don't do it, even if your friends are. and if they are, go tell an adult. meth isn't for you.

Oh dear! Agreed! Meth is horriblehorrible stuff! I was a junkie from the git-go, mostly heroin, but meth helps with the withdrawals. I better explain- meth doesn't make heroin withdrawals go away, but helps cover them up. For instance- when coming off heroin, you can't sleep. Seriously. Not for NUTHIN" can you sleep. Meth makes you not care that u can't sleep. My advice? Keep your bodies CLEAN. No drugs, no worries... I mean, who wants to lose a tooth in their sandwich??? ;) xoxox! -Beez

I lost my mother, grandpa, and father over meth. When I was born my mom and dad were too high to care for me. so they just me away. when i did see my dad he was really cruel. Several times, he shot me with a bb gun at point blank range.

Meth is a horrible drug. I hope you are finally away from that environment. If not, seek help. There are many resources available. There is a live on-line chat program being tested out that you might find helpful. Visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 1-800-273-TALK for more information.

DON'T DO IT! I know it might feel good BUT DON'T DO IT! I don't know you but trust me alot of people in my family has died from meth don't do it..... PLEASE! :(

HI.. umm.. does anyone have a hit? plz!!!
Just kidding.. howevere its the reality of the problem.. users of the drug do not care bout what they do or who they do it to.. They would steal for a hit.. kill for a hit.. even have sex or sell them selves for a hit.. Become drug mules for a hit as the apy off is good for them(so they think).
MY sister was one of those.. not that used Meth so to speak.. she used what is know as CAT here in SA..

All I can say is that DRUGS even weed.. is dagerous..

In conclusion here.. My sister I have not seen in over 6yrs.. and needless to say I never will see her again.. reason.. she died in another country.. Peru to be exact.. this is where she was caught. Drungs does not care who you are or what your social standing are (take whitney Use-less.. ok bad joke or Amy Winehouse.. ) fact is drugs have not feelings... and when your on it.. you dont either..

this is really bad for u

Doing Report This is gross

dont do drugs spread the word and if u do do meth change before its to late

they think its so cool but there is way to much side affects about it

ive watched almost all my friends change into addicts. now ive lost my friends, my car/license. about to lose my job and home. my family wont speak to me. pretty cool huh? the only thing meth offers is a ruined life and twisted body.

I knew a guy named Nicholas Schwinn (no pun, not a bicycle this is his real name) whom got addicted to meth amphetamine. This kid had everything going for him. He had a fully restored 69 Impala, his parents got him into offroad motorcycle dirtbike riding, he had enough friends. At the end of his life span, he stole a pickup truck and was stealing gas from a van down in town for it. Another guy comes up and unloads a whole clip of bullets into him and his friend took him to another friend's place instead of directly to the hospital, worried about their criminal actions. Nick Schwinn died at the hospital.

This drug will either kill you or someone else will. Very bad stuff. Nick was an enemy of mine (by his choice, he was a total idiot); I didn't want him to get killed. I wish he was still alive.

Thats bad bro

These is some craaaaaaaaazy stuff idk howntonwork this thing

Don't do drugs.!! It's nasty.!!

Don't do drugs stay in school

My mom does it & her boyfriend got her into it :/

people need to re-evaluate their lives and what they have to lose before even considdering something as outrageous as meth.
Woah, this is nastay. D:
I died using this drug. Don't follow my footsteps. Trust me, I'm a zombie now. ~( = _ = )~ *ZOMBIE FACE*
DONT DO METH . it sucks
drugs r bad, mmkayy
I've been using Meth for about 10years. JSGFJDUIHREJHBSHBFYBSJGB. I'm Fine though. (:

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