IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program

Is Someone You Know Using Methamphetamines

It is sometimes difficult to tell if a person is using methamphetamines (meth). However, there are warning signs to watch for in the list below.

Short-term Use Can Result In:

  • Alertness and inability to sleep.
  • Nervous physical activity: fidgeting and possibly scratching or picking at skin.
  • Decreased appetite: person starts to become dangerously thin.
  • Euphoria and rush: person seems extremely energized. :
  • Increased respiration and/or increased body temperature:  person may appear out of breath for no reason.
  • Burns, nosebleeds. or track marks.
  • Carelessness about appearance: person can lose interest in showering and grooming.
  • Deceit or secretiveness: is a normally honest person lying now?
  • Violence and aggression: person has mood swings, hostility, or abusive behavior.
  • Withdrawal from family and friends.
  • Loss of interest in work, school, or regular activities: Meth is highly addictive, and users often spend their free time looking for way to find the drug.
  • Problems at work or school: this can include slipping grades, absenteeism, and decreased motivation.
  • Missing valuables and cash: for a person who is looking to buy drugs, other peoples’ belongings can be very tempting.

Long-term Use Can Result In:

  • Dependence: if a person cannot function in his/her day-to-day activities without meth, the person is dependent—and possibly addicted.
  • Addiction psychosis: this can include a number of disturbing behaviors:
    • Hallucinations
    • Paranoia
    • Mood disturbances
    • Repetitive motor activity
    • Talking to people who aren’t there
  • Severe anorexia: weight loss can be rather quick and drastic.
  • Memory loss: person can show symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s.
  • Stroke, liver, or heart failure.

If you think someone you know is using methamphetamines, it is important to get help.

(Source: www.drugfree.org)
(Health Sentry Newsletter-Volume 22, Issue #3)