As a parent there are going to be “talks” that you must have with your children even if you don’t want to. These talks include the always uncomfortable but inevitable discussion about the “birds and the bees” and the never fun but informational talk about “body changes”. One of the most difficult talks to have with kids is the drug talk. Movie scenes like the one from “Almost Famous” where the mom drops her son off at a concert and yells “Don’t do drugs” is eerily reflective of today’s culture. Feeling satisfied with her “talk” she goes about her business.
Don’t be that parent! Sit down and have a serious talk with your children explaining the dangers of different kinds of drugs. Include meth in your drug talk as it is one of the most dangerous drugs available today.
Methamphetamines are dangerous drugs that are used by thousands of people across the country. I had to ask myself considering all the knowledge of addiction; why are people still trying meth? According to pbs.org, meth users experience a sudden rush of pleasure and a prolonged sense of euphoria, as well as increased energy, focus, and confidence immediately following use. Although this may tempt many into using meth, the effects of the drugs- whether for a few months or years- can harm our bodies.
Meth mouth is a common side effect of methamphetamine use. Meth users end up with broken, discolored and rotting teeth. (UGH!) Although the exact causes of meth mouth have yet to be determined there are several reasons why the drug has this effect.
1) The chemicals that are ingested when using meth cause blood vessels to shrink and as a result the mouth doesn’t receive the proper amount of the blood that it needs to stay healthy.
2) Meth users suffer from dry mouth. Saliva helps keep your mouth healthy by washing away the acids that are harmful to the teeth and gums.
3) Meth users suffer from more cavities than the average person because they tend to crave sugary foods and drinks (If you continuously are sucking down sodas, it’s not going to be good for your teeth).
4) Meth users often stop brushing their teeth, or caring for them at all. Without a proper dental hygiene routine anyone is likely to have dental problems.
It is the unhealthy combo of these side effects that cause meth mouth. Most people are under the impression that only long term users suffer from meth mouth; however, it can only take a few months for some meth users to lose all of their teeth. Meth is also such an addictive drug that once you try it, you will find it near impossible to quit. When we take a look at the big picture, the temporary high is worthless compared to the disturbing effects the drug has on your body.
PHOTO CREDIT: METH PROJECT