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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.

Comments

The problem with sites like this is that they think that the only way to prevent people from using is to scare them. Yes, meth has extreme side effects, but I've been around a lot of users and I've only seen one that couldn't deal with the "bug" problem. Additionally, there was a lot more than meth involved. Of the drugs in the scene, Meth is more of a problem because you can function normally when you're on it. People may see this as a positive aspect, but in the end, it is a negative because you incorporate the use of it into every facet of your life.
This becomes a problem because the constant use insidiously changes the way you think without you knowing it. Things that used to bother you before, like paying your bills, or going to work, don't bother you anymore, and it will eventually not bother you that you're not doing either one of these activities.
At a certain point, an event in your life may cause a "break" in your Meth thinking and you realize how lost you are and how much you've lost,....(in my case 50 pounds, relationships, job, my good name).
And then you decide to get it all back, but it's not that easy. All the pain you have postponed now comes back to you ten-fold. I spent the first three weeks off of meth, alternating between sleeping and crying. I thought I was a tough guy, but the kind of horror and dispair that I experience was too much to bear at times.
So yeah, horrible pictures like that may scare people from using the drug, but it's exagerrated. I am clean now and look exactly like I did before I started using. The emotional scars are much more real and painful.

hey dont judge people use that some of them using it coz the have reasons i know what u guys gonna say reason by taking drugs i know that is what u guys gonna say just dont judge them yet show love coz drug user they are the victim they need help

Omg no way:)

After swearing to myself I'd never try this drug- I have tried it three times in the past two weeks; it's not the end of the world. I was up all night once and that's the only real side effect I had. I wouldn't recommend it, because well it's illegal and people should only do drugs of they so chose. These pics are awful. But they didn't come from one time uses either. I smoked marijuana while still high from meth and had panic attacks pretty severly, they lasted about an hour. So I drank water, ate a substantial meal, rested- and am completely fine now. I wish someone would be honest on these websites. Yes, drugs are bad. Yes, my panic attacks were scary- I thought they wouldn't end. Yes there are side effects that could be different for every person. But even when I was growing up all the alcohol & drug addicts would come to school presentations to scare everyone- which it did- but I still wanted to experience them for myself. Just don't do anything against your morals or overdo anything. There is a difference in experimenting and becoming addicted. If you have an addictive personality don't tempt it with trying anything because no one can predict where that road may lead.

I am An Addict i tweek every day up for days i want to shop andboth my husban and i are doing it together and i want to stop but dont know how

@flower Making the decision you need help is the first step. Click on this treatment locator http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov to find a treatment center near you, or call this 24-Hour Toll-Free Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) and ask for help.

some people are just idiots. if youre going to do meth then go be stupid somewhere else. nobody will take you seriously when you say meth is okay. not after reading this, anyways. unless they are dumb too. get a life. go read a book or something. you are pathetic.

i died taking meth.

DAY AND NITE.. ADICTION HAS TAKEN OVA ME.. MY HEART, BODY, AND SOUL.. I ONLY BEEN USEING A LIL OVA 3 YRS I USED A TEEN TO A 8BALL A DAY FOR A YR STRAIGHT.. IM ONLY 19.. IM BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT AS DROP DEAD GORAGESS AS I USE TO BE WHEN I LOOK N DA MIRROR U SE

Not only are you ruining your health and being stupid, those gorgeous (not goragess as you spell it) looks will be gone in a flash. I'm sorry to see how poorly you spell. Go back to school. Sounds like you are a mess.

meth is bad and u can die from it if u take it so people that are doin it can u plz

U people r out of your mind if u think u can use meth and not have any effect from it.It has distroyed my sons brain he lost his family,his home.You dont care about anything when your on that stuff.Ive been battleing for over 4 yrs now trying to get him clean.He was a honor student in school.Got out had a good job made 200.00 a dayHe went to prison over meth.Now he is on disability can think
doesnt have anything he has high blood pressure on 2 kinds of anxiety drugs, cant function in society.He has hardly anything to do with his son who doesnt understand why.Anybody who says meth does change u is crazy!!!! [deleted last 2 sent. per blog guidelines]

i am in my health class with Zack

Okay let's stop using meth, and save our gums, and the rest.

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This drug has creaped into my life, i had one hit when i was fifteen because my uncle told me it was the best way and he would do it for me... and i wanted to. I didn't have another hit for 6 years. I would occationaly come into contact with the drug through persuing my marijuhana addiction. I now have stopped smoking pot and cigarettes. I don't drink excesively any more but my Meth addiction has exploded out of control! This is a truly evil, powerful, dominant, scary drug. The addictive aspects of this drug are all consuming and i belive it is more than capable of ruining the lives of very strong and smart people. It has altered my mind to an unbelievable degree and as a result of which i can not resist to buy more every chance i get. (next door)
I hope that blogging on a website will help me and i thank the people for their stories and opinions.

Fingers crossed

guys, meth is weerd., i hate buggies(:

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

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