Why is Methamphetamine Abuse Popular Among Teens?

Methamphetamine, most commonly called meth, is a powerful stimulant often prescribed to treat ADHD in both children and adults. Young people with undiagnosed ADHD are often drawn to methamphetamine abuse and can even feel temporary relief from their symptoms.

Methamphetamine can be used for a variety of purposes. Some teens may be tempted to use it to stay awake all night and “party.” For some teenagers, drug abuse is used to enhance concentration for long study sessions.

Meth is a serious public health issue, frequently exploited by drug dealers: In 2016, a record amount of the substance was seized in Minnesota. Because it is often widely available among peers, it is a drug of abuse many Minnesota teens have access to.

Common Street Names

  • Chalk
  • Crank
  • Crystal
  • Ice
  • Meth
  • Speed

How is Methamphetamine Abused?

Methamphetamine is usually abused by being smoked or snorted. Unlike many other drugs, teens are more likely to mix meth with caffeine and other stimulants than with alcohol. Abusers often build up a tolerance quickly, requiring them to seek out more of the drug for the same effects.

Effects/High

As a stimulant, methamphetamine makes users feel awake and alert. Some people feel more able to focus, concentrate and remember things. That said, methamphetamine can be dangerous even under a doctor’s supervision. It often leads to high blood pressure, heart palpitations, arrhythmia, sleep disturbances and personality changes.

Warning Signs

Signs of methamphetamine abuse can be tough to spot. Early symptoms of methamphetamine abuse may even seem positive at first. The teen may have more energy and drive. Grades may improve in the short term. However, abusers soon experience a “crash” causing lethargy and concentration issues: An increasingly dangerous cycle that repeats as the teen abuses the drug.

Long-Term Effects and Dangers of Abuse

Methamphetamine produces a great deal of stress on the cardiovascular system and vital organs, including the liver and kidneys. Even under therapeutic doses with a valid prescription, users must be monitored carefully. Abusing methamphetamine leads to a much higher risk of serious cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack. Combining meth with other drugs, alcohol or even stimulants like caffeine may cause coma and death.

Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment: How Anthony Louis Center Helps Teens

Effects of teenage drug abuse are overwhelming for young people and their families, but there is hope. Anthony Louis Center provides teens with a safe, medically supervised environment to build healthy habits and coping mechanisms while learning to live drug-free. A bright, positive future is possible for those who get the care and support they need. For help, contact us today.