Amphetamine was first made in 1887 in Germany and methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was developed in Japan in 1919.
The crystalline powder was soluble in water, making it a perfect candidate for injection.
Methamphetamine went into wide use during World War II, when both sides used it to keep troops awake.
A meth overdose can also cause a sharp rise in blood pressure that leads to hemorrhage, as well as liver failure or (in very rare cases) lead poisoning from contaminants in the illicit drug.
Above is the image of a woman who was abusing meth for years.
In the long term, meth use can cause irreversible harm: increased heart rate and blood pressure; damaged blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes or an irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause collapse or death; and liver, kidney and lung damage
In addition to the neurological and behavioral consequences of methamphetamine abuse, long-term users also suffer physical effects, including weight loss, severe tooth decay and tooth loss (“meth mouth”), and skin sores. The dental problems may be caused by a combination of poor nutrition and dental hygiene as well as dry mouth and teeth grinding caused by the drug. Skin sores are the result of picking and scratching the skin to get rid of insects imagined to be crawling under it.
After becoming clean the woman looked completely different.
“Now I am about to get my BA as an accountant and I have the most wonderful almost 3-year-old. I just want you to know whoever you are and whatever you are dealing with that there is hope. Life goes onwards and upwards if you have the courage to stand up and try it.”
She looks much better and now has custody of her young child again!
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