If an abuser has taken a lethal dose of d-methamphetamine, the heart rate will rapidly increase and the abuser will collapse and suffer a heart attack or a stroke. The only overt signs of overdose are an abnormally high temperature or the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.
Methamphetamine’s high lasts anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, and 50 percent of the drug is removed from the body in 12 hours; Methamphetamine will stay in the plasma between 4 to 6 hours; it can be detected in the urine one hour after use and up to 72 hours after use; Methamphetamine metabolites can be detected in the body for 2 to 4 days.
Methamphetamine is typically used on a regular daily basis and users tend to integrate their drug use into many of their daily activities. Withdrawal frequently doesn’t occur for 90 days from the time of the last use, making treatment a long-time process. The most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction are cognitive behavioral interventions. These approaches are designed to help modify the patient’s thinking, expectancies, and behaviors and to increase skills in coping with various life stressors.
Methamphetamine is similar to that of amphetamine drugs, most commonly known as ‘chalk’ and ‘meth’. These drugs rapidly mix up with bloodstream by smoking, injecting, snorted, absorbed through patch when abused. Powerful effects on central nervous system are observed with this drug abuse and sometimes the abuser can even die in minutes.
Myth: No treatment is available for methamphetamine dependence. Fact: Methamphetamine drug dependence can be treated using different ways of treatment and can also be done at home. The abuser of methamphetamine faces specific problems, so they need a systemized treatment program to overcome the dependence and health complications.
Myth: Average life for drug abuser is 5 years. Fact: With the overdose of the drug, many organs can be damaged and result in multiple organ failure. Earlier there is no such data available for determining the average life of abuser is between the commencement of methamphetamine abuse and death of abuser due to this drug. Recently, many research studies were conducted and the officials came to conclusion about the average life of drug abuser as 7 years.
Myth: Methamphetamine abuse results in holes to brain. Fact: The abuse of this drug leads to changes in the functioning of brain but doesn’t really make any holes in the brain. In the scanning report of brain of any abuser shows as though there are holes in the brain. The holes shown for depict areas of low activity or no activities in MRI scan are misunderstood as holes in the brain.
Myth: No need to treat the drug abuser specially. Fact: The abuser should be treated with special care at the time of treatment and till he gets fully cured from the abuse. Stopping the drug abuse can lead to many effects like depression for at least one month. Someone should be there to support them and to help them to overcome the withdrawal symptoms.