For those that might think that Meth is just another drug, here’s some evidence to the contrary and some articles on Meth from different popular media stories. This is why the ADHD Meth connection is so important to deal with, the consequences of ignorance can be devastating.
Here are some Faces of Meth. First, Theresa Baxter, before using Meth
Here’s Theresa after 3 years and 5 months later after using Meth.
The Oregon Live has a photo gallery with more here.
Here’s a video that tells shows the before and after pictures of some crystal meth users from the faces of meth.
One of our local papers the Vancouver Province did a weeklong series on Meth, very interesting articles, gives many viewpoints, but no mention of ADHD. They’ve deleted the main section but here’s one article from that series, which discusses the impact of Meth on a user.
Dr. Bill MacEwan, a psychiatrist who heads up the University of B.C.’s Schizophrenia program, and the Psychosis program at St. Paul’s hospital says Meth is more addictive than cocaine and more psychologically damaging than heroin. Meth has been even known to induce schizophrenia.
“After extended use, the brain actually begins to require the drug in order to release the dopamine. No drug, no pleasure. Then there’s the intense craving for more, brain cell death, paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis…the cognitive impairment as a result of fried brain circuitry can last a lifetime”
“The flipside is that after extended use, the brain actually begins to require the drug in order to release the dopamine. No drug, no pleasure. Then there’s the intense craving for more, brain cell death, paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis.”
There’s an 18-minute video, Death By Jib, that interviews Meth addicts and their stories, pretty raw, designed to be shown in schools. Here is a trailer
To buy a copy, call 1-800-263-6910, or go to Kinetic Video.