Crystal methamphetamine is an illegal, addictive and strong stimulant drug made from pseudoephedrine, an ingredient found some cold medicines. Crystal meth takes the form of shiny rocks or crystal chunks. Users may snort, inject, swallow or smoke it. 

Possessing and consuming methamphetamine comes with various consequences. Here are some of the health and legal repercussions you may deal with if you have an involvement with meth: 

Long-term health effects

Using crystal meth comes with a variety of health risks. If you use the drug on a long-term basis, you may experience the following symptoms and conditions:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping problems
  • Intense itching
  • Serious dental problems
  • Violent outbursts
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Risky behaviors
  • Cognitive problems, such as the difficulty thinking, learning, understanding and remembering

If you inject meth, you are also at a serious risk of HIV, AIDS, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. This is because bodily fluids transmit these infectious diseases.

Dependence and addiction

People who use meth have a significant potential for abusing it or becoming dependent on it. Methamphetamine increases the amount of dopamine in the brain cells of users, which causes an intense feeling of euphoria. Over time, users become unable to make their own dopamine naturally, so they rely on meth to feel normal. When a meth addict stops taking the drug, he or she may experience withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, depression and irritability.

Criminal consequences

There is no legal use for methamphetamine. Therefore, anyone who possesses, uses, sells or manufactures meth runs the risk of severe legal repercussions. The legal ramifications for meth range from hefty fines to lengthy prison sentences. 

There is no doubt that methamphetamine is a dangerous, illicit substance. If you or someone you know uses or sells meth, make sure you seek medical treatment and legal assistance.