ONE inquiry was the reality of the existence of any of these substances here in Zimbabwe, and during the past week some of our media platforms carried the news of the bust that occurred that specific quantities of crystal meth had been detected and arrests made on the culprits, and the quantities confiscated saving our society from increased statistics of those exposed to these substances.
The effects of crystal meth is that when taken it creates a false sense of well-being and energy and so the user will tend to push themselves faster and further than they are meant to go. The user will then experience a heavy ‘‘crashing’’ or a physical and mental breakdown as the effects of the drug dwindle or wear off.
Continued use of the drug decreases natural feelings of hunger, users can experience extreme weight loss as they would not be eating much or at all during their drug use. Other negative effects will include disturbed sleeping patterns, hyper-activity, and nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability.
Other serious effects of the drug may include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia and in some cases, use can cause convulsions that lead to death.
Overtime 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 cardiovascular (related to both the heart and blood vessels) collapse or death. The liver, the kidneys and lungs are damaged due to overtime use of the drug.
People using this drug also may suffer brain damage, including memory loss and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts and this is even more prone in teen users. Those that are said to recover from the above are usually subject to memory gaps finding it difficult to remember and this leads them to have extreme mood swings.
Other effects due to overtime use may include high blood pressure, damage or destruction of the nose tissues if it is sniffed; it also gives rise to respiratory, that is, breathing problems if it is smoked. If taken through injection it leads to infectious diseases and abscesses. Damage or severe tooth decay is one of the long-term effects of the substance due to the chemicals used to make it potent.
Users also then have strong psychological dependence on the drug leading to psychosis and even more depression .
If you know someone or you are having a problem of coming off drugs and substance abuse call +263772399734 or email mth[email protected] Join the Rechabites in creating a drug-free, healthy and productive society.
Mthandazo Ndlovu is an Accredited -Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation Specialist, Addictions Counsellor, Adolescent Counsellor, Professional Counsellor.