Meth Abuse

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Too many people have felt the pain and destruction of methamphetamine addiction. The abuse of this drug leaves its victims with no other goal than to use more meth. Dr. Edward Hill discusses methamphetamine abuse in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Methamphetamine, or meth, is an addictive drug. In small amounts, it can be given by doctors to treat some illnesses, but it is often sold by people illegally in very dangerous forms.

When people use meth they feel excited and have a lot of energy. This feeling lasts about six to 24 hours. However, using meth can cause a heart attack, stroke, high body temperature or seizures.

Tolerance to meth is instant. People who are addicted to meth need more and more to feel the effects.

You may feel depressed or unhappy when you stop using meth for even a short time. Even if you dont use it often, you can have cravings and withdrawal problems like depression, tiredness, and feeling anxious.

Meth abuse is treated with individual or group therapy to help you quit. Joining a support group or drug treatment program also may help. Ask your doctor to help you find a program or group near you. It is almost impossible to stop using meth without help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.