Dangers of Meth Overdose
Meth abuse isn’t a habit you can maintain your whole life. Eventually, either suddenly or gradually, meth will kill you.
What Causes It?
Methamphetamine is the most powerful stimulant in the drug world. It spikes the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for building reward-motivated behaviors.
A meth high is intense, euphoric, and long-lasting. As addicts increase their dosages more and more to make up for tolerance, their organs and brains suffer, and they inch closer and closer to meth intoxication–overdose.
How Much Is Okay?
The amount of meth needed to overdose varies from person to person and depends on their usage habits. Stimulants affect everyone differently, and the purity of meth varies greatly from batch to batch. You must also take into account any other drugs in the user’s system; pre-existing medical conditions, too—heart problems, thyroid disorders, diabetes.
The following chart sheds light on the drug’s overdose potential:
- Oral = ~ 150 mg a day
- Injection = ~100 mg or higher
- Smoking/snorting = ~ 50 mg or higher
Consequences Of a Meth Overdose
Unlike some addictive drugs, like opiates and benzodiazepines, meth isn’t an option worth considering–not for anyone. It may have started as a medicine, for treating attention problems and narcolepsy, but doctors know better now: it’s just too powerful, and too habit-forming, to be used that way.
Meth overdose is defined as a meth-induced state of psychological deterioration. Eventually, it may lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, or some other single distinguishable incident, but at its start, it’s hardly recognizable.
If you witness what you believe to be a meth overdose, don’t give that person medication; just call 911. If possible, get the victim to hydrate, and apply ice to their forehead. If he or she is conscious, offer to take them to the hospital. If the situation appears dire—if the person is unconscious, vomiting, breathing shallowly—get help for them yourself, or escort them.
Meth overdose is a process, not a single incident. Before someone reaches the point of coma, shock, or renal failure, there’s a lot of time to help them quit meth. If you or someone you love is abusing meth, don’t shrug off the thought: It’s real. Meth overdoses account for roughly 130,000 emergency room visits annually, 15 percent of which are fatal.
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