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Methamphetamine can cause considerable damage to the brain. Some are instantaneous and some take place over time.
Meth use can destroy people’s faces and bodies so terribly that they become practically unrecognizable. At times the changes can occur in just a matter of months.
Meth can lead to dramatic changes in the physical appearance of a person. Some characteristics are unhealthy loss of body mass, muscle deteriorating, exhaustion, weakness, and premature aging.
There are evident physical and social signs of Meth use and being familiar with them is the initial step to helping a friend or family member. Not every Meth user will have the identical warning signs.
If a friend is using Meth, the sooner they get help the quicker recovery can start to help their addiction. Given that the grave effects of a drug like Meth require the expertise of a professional therapist, you can help your friend by finding resources near you by emailing us; simply by means of filling out the form on the right hand side of the screen, or by calling our 24/7 helpline 866-535-7922.
Former meth addict describes highs and lows of drug abuse
Daily News, April 19, 2013
Brad Hearon, 30, of Colorado, survived a near-fatal burn accident while cooking meth in his car 10 years ago. After countless surgeries and struggling with his demons, he now says he’s in a good place.
The long-lasting high of meth gave way to a life-altering low for addict Brad Hearon.
Ten years ago, Hearon left a party with a friend to cook meth in his El Camino pickup. As the 19-year-old held a pan of ether, his buddy lit a cigarette — igniting the liquid and setting the inside of the car on fire.
His friend jumped out and left Hearon writhing alone in a vacant Kansas field. It was more than four hours before he was found; his flesh already melted to the bone. He almost died.
“I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on anybody,” Hearon, 30 and now living in Colorado, told the Daily News. “I went through so many surgeries. I had to learn how to feed myself again. I couldn’t do anything by myself.”
His extreme experience still happens today in other horrific meth cases across the United States. The drug is wrecking communities and shattering lives at an explosive rate, and continues consuming people from all walks of life — from a former Connecticut priest dubbed “Monsignor Meth” to Hollywood celebrities.
While an estimated 439,000 Americans are hooked on the drug — lower than other similar substances — its effects are extremely potent, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says.
Addicts become violent, confused and suffer bouts of paranoia and hallucinations.
Abusing meth can also lead to extreme anorexia, hair loss and tooth decay — making the user appear older than they actually are.
For Hearon, his horrific accident in 2003 wasn’t the wake-up call that killed the insatiable craving. It wasn’t until a year-and-a-half afterwards when he was arrested for trying to cook meth again that he realized he was in a death spiral.
Sober now for eight years, Hearon spends much of his time speaking at schools, rehab centers and churches about the dangers of drug abuse. He got married five years ago to another burn survivor, and is now studying to become an ordained minister.
There is life after addiction, Hearon says, as long as you recognize the problem.
“This is not a hopeless situation,” he said. “Even if you’ve done meth and messed up, you can get help before it’s too late.”
Associated Press – 2013
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. –
Authorities say a 7-year-old girl in Joshua Tree became critically ill after eating methamphetamine she thought was candy. Her parents are under arrest.
A San Bernardino County sheriff’s statement said Tuesday that 32-year-old Johnnie Glenn Koranda and 30-year-old Michelle Lee Beamer were being held on $100,000 bail for investigation of child endangerment.
The investigation began after the girl was taken to High Desert Medical Center with seizures, a severe fever and an elevated heart rate, and her condition was so severe she was flown to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. She tested positive for methamphetamine.
A urine test showed the girl, whose name was not released, tested positive for methamphetamine. The statement says her condition is improving. The couple’s other three children have been placed in county custody.
New York Daily News – 2013
Aformer Catholic priest in Connecticut has been busted for selling methamphetamine — and could spend the rest of his earthly life in jail, authorities say.
Federal prosecutors say Kevin Wallin, 61, former pastor at St. Augustine’s Parish in Bridgeport, took part in a cross-country drug ring that shipped meth between Connecticut and California.
Wallin, of downtrodden Waterbury, Conn., was one of five people indicted Tuesday after he sold the highly-addictive drug to an undercover officer six times since last September, cops said.
Wallin resigned as St. Augustine’s pastor in June 2011 after nine years, citing health and personal issues. His facilities for public ministry were suspended in May 2012, the Diocese of Bridgeport said.
“News of Msgr. Kevin Wallin’s arrest comes with a sense of shock and concern on the part of the Diocese and the many people of Fairfield County who have known him as a gifted, accomplished and compassionate priest,” the diocese said in a statement.
“The Diocese stands ready to help as it has throughout the past two years. We ask for prayers for Msgr. Wallin during the difficult days ahead for him.”
He is charged with conspiring to distribute meth and with possession with intent to distribute and he faces 10 years to life in prison.
Associated Press – 2012
BREMERTON, Washington —
ABremerton man is accused of secretly slipping methamphetamine into his wife’s cigarette in a plan to make her join him in addiction.
Police say the man wanted his wife to experience a meth high so she’d understand why he likes it so much. He gave her a cigarette Saturday that had been spiked with the drug.
The Kitsap Sun reports (http://is.gd/bgvZ7T ) she started freaking out and he told her what he had done.
The woman called police Sunday and the 20-year-old man was arrested for investigation of assault.
The man had reportedly told friends he had a 15-point plan to get his wife addicted to meth.