Aging Effects of Crystal Meth
March 27, 2008
One of the many devastating effects of crystal meth addiction is the way it accelerates aging in users. After just a couple years or even a few months of meth abuse, addicts normally look like they are a decade or more older than before they began using the drug.
Their teeth are destroyed, their skin is wrinkled, and they are sometimes covered in sores.Meth mouth is the name given to the effects on the user’s teeth. Crystal meth is made using a number of toxic ingredients, which can include battery acid, ammonia, or paint thinner, among other things. When an individual inhales these toxic ingredients of meth multiple times per day, it does severe damage to their mouth. Meth users often grind and clench their teeth when they’re high on the drug, which can lead to cracks. In addition, their lack of oral hygiene contributes to severe tooth decay. Drinking soda, smoking cigarettes, and dry mouth caused by crystal meth can also make the problem worse. Another element of meth mouth is sores on the skin inside the mouth caused by toxic fumes of the drug.
The sores on the faces and bodies of crystal meth users come from picking at their own skin. The effects of this drug include causing users to focus in on a small task and repeat it over and over. Users may feel that they have bugs under their skin. The methamphetamine makes them repeatedly create sores on their bodies. Infections and abscesses can even develop.
The aging of meth users’ skin is likely due to the same things as meth mouth. Inhaling toxic substances repeatedly wears at the user’s body quickly, and they completely ignore personal hygiene. In addition, crystal meth is an appetite suppressant. Meth users eat infrequently, and when they do, it’s not likely to be a balanced diet. They may also stay awake for very long periods of time.