Risks of Methamphetamine


Taking methamphetamine involves some serious risks. Here’s what it could do to you:

  • Severe psychoses caused by methamphetamine have been reported in countries where there is widespread use of the drug. Psychosis is a serious mental state where you lose touch with reality and may come to believe things that are not true.
  • There’s evidence that long-term use can damage the brain, although this gradually gets better if the user stays off the drug for a long time.
  • In cases of overdose – stroke, and lung, kidney and gastrointestinal damage can develop, and coma and death can occur.
  • Inhibitions are lowered and libido may be increased – this can lead to taking part in risky activities that you would not normally do, such as having unsafe sex, which itself can lead to other risks, such as catching a sexually transmitted disease or an unplanned pregnancy.

Methamphetamine and alcohol

Mixing methamphetamine with alcohol can have serious consequences – as the stimulant effects of methamphetamine and depressant effects of alcohol interact unpredictably, which can increase the risk of harm or even death.

What is methamphetamine cut with?

Some reports say that purity is generally low at 9%. It’s not unusual for drugs to have things added to them to increase the weight and the dealer’s profits. These can include things like talcum powder, laxatives or other cheaper drugs which have a similar effect.

Can you get addicted to methamphetamine?

The simple answer is – yes. For some people, methamphetamine use can lead to very strong psychological and physical dependence, especially if it is injected or smoked. This usually means they have 'cravings’ for methamphetamine, and a very strong drive to keep on using it despite evidence of accumulating harms.


Crystal Meth is the most potent and long-lasting form of methamphetamine – and when it is smoked it can be particularly dangerous and addictive.

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