Meth Use Effects and Your Teen


Meth is a highly addictive drug to anyone, even to teens.  This article written by Denise Witmer for explains the effects of meth on a teen.

Methamphetamine, or meth for short, is a stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) survey in 2010, 1.2% 8th grade teens, 1.6% 10th grade teens and 1.0% 12th grade teens reported abusing methamphetamines at least once during the year prior to the survey. While these rates seem much lower than other teen social drugs like tobacco, alcohol or marijuana, they are more alarming as meth can harm irrecoverably or kill a teenager with its first use and every single use thereafter. It is imperative that parents who feel their teen may be using meth need to get help in dealing with the situation immediately.


Teen Meth Use Short Term Signs and Effects

You can tell if your teen has been using meth and is on a high if they are showing these signs:

  • Agitation.
  • Excited speech.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Increased physical activity levels.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Occasional episodes of sudden and violent behavior.
  • Intense paranoia.
  • Hallucinations.
  • A tendency to compulsively clean and groom.
  • A tendency to repetitively sort and disassemble objects.

Teen Meth Use Long Term Effects

Over time, meth use causes many more harmful effects. By this time, parents should be able to notice the changes in their teen’s daily behavior and looks. Tissue damage will make the teen appear much older than their years. Also, acne appears, sores take longer to heal, and the skin loses its luster and elasticity. Some users are covered in small sores, the result of obsessive skin-picking brought on by the hallucination of having bugs crawling beneath the skin, a disorder known as formication.

More long term effects of teen meth use include:

  • Lowered resistance to illness.
  • Various types of organ damage.
  • Stroke.
  • Loses the ability to feel pleasure.
  • HIV/AIDS (users who inject and share needles).
  • Severe impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination.
  • Mood disturbances.
  • Weight loss or anorexia.


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If you are concerned about your teen usage meth and would like to seek some help for them please contact Bridgeway Behavioral Health by calling 866-758-1152 or visiting our site

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