How Meth Is Taken?
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How Meth Is Taken?

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Meth can be taken orally, snorted, injected, or smoked. Methods of meth use vary by geographical region and have changed over time. This drug alters the user's mood in different ways, depending on how it is taken. If smoking or injecting intravenously, the user experiences an intense rush that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Snorting produces effects within 3 to 5 minutes and oral ingestion produces effects within 15 to 20 minutes; both create the feeling of euphoria, without the "rush" felt by smoking or injecting. 

Meth bag and meth pipeCommon methods of how meth is taken:

These methods are the fastest and provide the user with the most intense high. They are also known to be the most dangerous and addictive.

  • Snorting
  • Smoking
  • Injecting (slamming)

How meth is taken in other ways includes:

  • Booty Bump: meth is dissolved into water and then injected into the rectal cavity using a needle-free syringe. The drug is absorbed into the blood stream through the lining of the rectum. Use of this method presents a high risk of damage to the rectal membranes, increasing the risk of HIV transmission and other diseases.
  • Hot Railing: the tip of a short glass stem, or the middle of a longer stem, is heated until its red-hot. The end of the stem is placed over the crushed meth crystals. The heat vaporizes the drug and the vapor is inhaled, usually through the nose.

Let's continue to look at how meth is taken: Injection 

Injecting methWe in no way support any type of drug use. However, for those who inject (a.k.a. "slamming") meth, it is important you:

  • Use new equipment (cotton, ties, water) every time you inject
  • Rotate the injection site
  • Don't share needles. Sharing needles can lead to HIV, Hepatitis B and C.
  • Clean injection sites with alcohol pad before injecting. If alcohol pads are not available, clean the injection site with warm soap and water. This will not be as effective as alcohol.
  • Change injection sites to avoid collapsed veins and abscesses.

Want to know more about how meth is taken?

Here are some facts about meth users.

  • Meth use can vary wildly from casual use, a couple times a year, to every month up to daily use.
  • Some people who use meth have a long history of drug abuse prior to trying meth including alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy (E or X), Ketamine (K) and or GHB (G).
  • Addicts will also use meth in tandem (at the same time) with other drugs.

Is this meth addictive?

Users of this drug can become addicted very quickly depending on how meth is taken. Meth destroys the brain's dopamine receptors and without the drug, users fall into a deep depression and have difficulty expressing pleasure. As use continues, addicts will need higher doses more often to combat withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment for addiction requires comprehensive cognitive-behavioral therapy. Because how meth is taken has trained the user to associate all pleasure with the drug, they often need counseling to help them cope with their cravings, examine the issues that led to their drug abuse, and help them avoid situations that may cause a relapse.


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