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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.

Update: For the latest on meth mouth, read the post “Meth Mouth: Some Ugly Numbers,” here.

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There has to be something to this method mite thing. Too many people that have used are saying the same thing and drugs aren't going to make that many people react in the same manor and see the same things. Cone on people use your brain. And what right does anyone have to judge another person when first off no one is perfect and we all mistakes, number two you don't have a clue what a person has endured to get to the point of using numbing their self, and three isn't only God that has the right to judge us. You should always try to help one another instead of tearing someone down to where they are ashamed and won't seek help. A person may end up dying because of what you careless people say. Think before you act we all bleed the same and were supposed to all be brother and sisters so help one another. That's whats wrong with this world today!!!

Say if i knew about crank bugs and then later on i used Meth... would i still have the effect of seeing the crank bugs..????
Thanks:) !

@Abs123--hmmm, interesting question. I really don't know what causes the hallucinations or if you can psyche them out...but, the scary part is with these hallucinations, people really think they're real! So, my point would be since we know about crank bugs and all of the other things that could happen with meth, who would anyone even want to try it?

I've had them for quite a while even before I ever touched meth or heard of them. I work in the medical field so I have access to very strong microscopes. /They are real and what's a little scary are those black dots are SOMETHING LIKE NANO ROOTS BUT They are actually 2 "dots"- ACTUALLY 2 CONNECTED Y A STRING OR PART IF THEIR BDY and a large one and a smaller one.. They appear TO BE NANO ROBOTS OR FROM AN Alien planewt < I am nor joking. They are alsointelligent. I AM NO LONGER SCARED OF THEM. In fact I try to protect they CANNOT stand sunlight. There is so much more. IF anyone knows what I i'm talking ABOUT PLEASE REPLY.! IF i DO METH IT'S SNORTED 3-4 TIMES week. 1 or 2 swam all snorts.
Ey you're right man..I've seen them too. I was thinking the same thing about them having an alien origin..they are intelligent and aggressive. I've videod some before. I believe the doctors know they're real but are puzzled by it and are keeping the public blind and calling them hallucinations.
No, I know from experience..unfortunately, n my is a picker..it's frikin gross..lol but I don't pick, I just rub my eyes till their raw..
yep it is the same
I'm a mother who never knew what meth was I'm only on here trying to see why I never knew the sign of my son being addicted to this drug its to late now I lost him 3 weeks ago nothing in this world could ever hurt me the this has my heart is broken
Iam sorry for your lost !! Will keep you in prayer !!
Sorry to hear of your loss but dont take on the guilt of not knowing. Addicts can often be the best con artists and not necessarily saying your son was. What i am saying is many addicts are extremely good at hiding their addiction. I will prey that you have more peace in your life.
Hi there- I am also a mother to a child who is no longer with me in this physical life...not from the same cause but I can relate to your pain and know how alone it can be to loose our babies. I am not being inaccurate in assuming that your son lost his life not just his spirit/self/mind right? Either loss is devastating, which can go unsaid , no doubt. I just want to clarify as I am trying to learn more about this disease so I may save a loved one from peril....however I can be of service...
So sorry!
well but of course
I'm glad someone is brave enough today the truth .yes there are meth Biggs fr the poison ,but there are a lot of mites on birds ,mice and others .aost 70%of Americans are infected with one kind or another .our gov and cdc know it and are lying .knowing the truth would cause mass hysteria!
I saw them but I told myself that they're not real and that I needed to keep cleaning.
Yes, you absolutely could have the effect of "seeing" the crank bug. I knew of the crank bugs before I ever used meth, and yet I ended up experiencing and becoming convinced that there were parasites in my skin. I could see them actually see them moving. Don't use meth

whoa whoa whoa whoa my teeth aint gonna look like that,,,

Aughh thats gross people should never take or abuse drugs in the first place

ewww thats super creepy im gonna have nightmares!

that is just gross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! people need to STOP DOING DRUGS!!!!! AND ABUSEING THEM!!!!

you guys are worng about it it is the best drug ever

heck yes brother
yep i totally agree with you

they are very distrurbing. i woul dnever do it.

this is the truth im tellin u and its nasty and i dont see why people even consider using it its stupid omg WAT IS OUR WOLD COMING TO!!!!!(:

who would ever do such a thing?


methbaby wat are u talking about meth can kill u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meth is the method in which you consume a particular substance

dont do this ppl~~

what it is good makes a lot of money

das poo

this is horrible.

yum *cough cough*


eww! why would anyone want to throw away their life like that?

i love this website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i think this website is gross and cool at the same time. i think that they should not start to smoke,drink,or do drugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

Why would anyone want to start to take meth because they just take meth because they think that meth is going to make thier life much beter but all it does is that it makes your life more misareble.I hate it when people think that they are pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't try ever ever ever ever ever try meth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


thats nasty!!!!! gross


ewwww nasty! my mom did that and died! its not for me!

i have always wanted to try this stuff

Wouldn't recommend it. Meth is very addictive and toxic to nerve cells. Really not worth it.

Yeah, I used meth for 5 years, and I dont look like that. These images are EXTREME people!! And they probably were using MUCH more than just meth. But dont get me wrong, Crystal is horrible and I was terribly parranoid and my teeth ARE MESSED UP!! they look okay but they hurt alot. Just dont do it. It's not worth it, and methbaby is stupid!!!!!

It's good to have this kind of education available for young people. The images above are frightening.

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


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