|By: Walt Brown|
Meth is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. It may be new to teenagers, but it was initially developed in Germany in 1887. It can be made at home and many of these home-based labs have blown up and killed or injured their makers, some are maimed for life. Methamphetamine is also known as "ice", wash, crank, chalk, rock, L.A., meth, quartz, glass or crystal.
Where Is It?
No longer a rich kid's drug, it has migrated to small towns and low-income neighborhoods where it is the most prevalent and remember, meth causes bad breath that can be detected.
Long Term Effects of Meth
While the short term effects of meth can cause bad breath, the long-term effects are much worse.
Eventually, your child's teeth fall out. Their blood pressure rises to unhealthy levels, which leads to heart disease. This damages the blood vessels sending blood to the brain and can cause a stroke and death. Other effects are:
Ïpsychotic episodes that do not go away
Unfortunately, a meth addict doesn't care.
How To Tell If Your Child Is Taking Meth
If your child has bad breath, this could be a clue that meth could be the cause. Meth causes bad breath, period. The smell emanating from a meth addict's mouth is really foul. Oral hygiene like flossing and brushing brushing and using mouthwash is ineffective. Check your child eyes. Meth addicts have dilated pupils.
Users may become obsessed or perform repetitive tasks such as cleaning, hand-washing, or assembling and disassembling objects.
Sudden and unexplained nosebleeds are another common sign that your child may be on meth. The nose is dry and the lips become bloody and cracked. The drug is often inhaled or snorted through the nose which can result in sinus and nasal problems.
Another clue that your child may be involved with meth is weight loss owing to not eating which can often lead to anorexia. A normally calm child may become aggressive, nervous, and anxious. Talking jags are also another clue as well as increased hyperactivity.
Meth causes bad breath, but meth bad breath cannot be masked by using breath fresheners, lozenges, mouthwash or breath spray. This is a hard core bad breath. But lets face it, if you observe your child's behavior closely and you notice the above clues, you can nip it in the bud and stop it.
The above physical effects often take a back seat to the psychotic symptoms that arise as a result of meth. These psychotic effects can last even after the meth addict is rehabilitated. Above all, do not be afraid to ask your child questions, especially if you notice any of the above symptoms. Methamphetamine causes bad breath, but bad breath is only one of the serious problems that meth causes. Most of their teeth will fall out. They will be forced into wearing dentures because the rotten teeth that didn't fall out will have to be pulled.
Constant monitoring is the key here to prevent your child from the dangers of methamphetamines.