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SpeedA highly illegal and deadly drug used by many people throughout the world is known as “speed.” Speed, or methamphetamine, is considered to be the most addictive drug available in the drug market today, and there are labs known as meth labs appearing all over the United States in staggering numbers every single year. This drug can become an addiction, even after only one use, and because of this, the people that are addicted also become victims to the long term effects sooner.

Speed Use and The Risks

Using speed for the first time is something that an individual never forgets. Many long term users of other drugs do not try this drug because of its effects, and the dangerous risks that follow use. Only a few minutes after consumption, an individual using this drug will begin to experience:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Clouded mind
  • Increased body temperature, breathing rates, and blood pressure
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Euphoria
  • Loss of short term memory
  • Nervousness
  • Possible hallucinations

Long Term Effects

The short-term effects of meth only last for roughly a half hour but vary with dosing and strengths. The individual that is using speed for the first time will enjoy the euphoria that they experience or the sudden rush, and because of this, they will become addicted. When this occurs, they will start to experience long-term effects of speed use that usually begin coming into a person’s life in as little as two or three uses. These effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Convulsions
  • Damage to blood vessels in the brain
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Teeth and overall health diminish
  • Loss of partial brain functioning

If you or someone you care for is addicted to, or considering using speed, contact one of our addiction counselors today.

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