Identifying and dealing with teenage drug use is a frightening prospect for any parent. But we live in a world where teens have so many opportunities for losing their way. They have the time and money for vices and less supervision at home. And drugs today are even more powerful and addictive than ever.
Dangers and consequences of meth use include:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- skin ulceration and infection, the result of picking at imaginary bugs
- paranoia, anxiety, irritability
- increased blood pressure due to the constriction of blood vessels (may produce headaches, chest pain, or irregular heartbeat and lead to stroke or heart attack)
- permanent brain cell damage
- for intravenous (IV) users: AIDS, hepatitis, infections and sores at the injection site, and infection of the heart lining and valves (endocarditis)