Meth use in Lake, Mason and Oceana Counties is on the rise:
Trying meth isn’t worth the risk.
New studies show that even a small amount of methamphetamine changes how the brain works and can alter one’s appearance. Regular meth use leads to serious, long-term health effects that can last months or years after quitting, including but not limited to:
- Anxiety and confusion
- Insomnia (for days at a time)
- Severe dental problems
- Paranoia, Delusions, and Hallucinations
- Violent behavior
- Permanent damage to the heart and brain
- Liver, Kidney, and lung damage
- Intense itching causing skin sores from scratching
- High blood pressure leading to heart attacks. strokes and death
Warning Signs of Use
If you are concerned that a loved one is using methamphetamine, you can find signs of use and resources below.
- Rapid weight loss
- Long periods of sleeplessness (24-120 hours) followed by long periods of sleep (24-48 hours)
- Lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Violent behavior
- Distrust of others and institutions
- Mood shifts (going from one extreme to the other without a history of bipolar)
- Odd movements of face, mouth, and limbs
- Fixations on ideas that seem out of character
- Unwarranted confidence in random skillsets (ie: being able to “fix” things. Taking things apart and then realizing that they don’t know how to fix them)
Caring for individuals who are using meth:
- Fentanyl is often found in meth. Consider using fentanyl testing strips to ensure that your loved one is as safe as they can be.
- Consider having Narcan in the house. Narcan is a medication that reverses overdoses caused by fentanyl. Since Fentanyl is often mixed with meth, Narcan is a safe medication to have in the house just in case. You can pick up a Narcan kit for free at any of our locations.
- Encourage your loved one to not use alone to reduce the risks of over-ramping or overdosing on the substance.
- Encourage the individual to stay hydrated, sleep, and eat regularly.
- If your loved one is experiencing psychosis and you need assistance with stabilizing the individual in crisis you can reach out to our Mobile Crisis Team. This line is staffed 24/7. Please call 1-800-992-2061 to access crisis services.
Get local, anonymous help.
Through evidence-based treatment and support, it is possible to live life free from meth. For anonymous, local help call 1-800-992-2061 or text your zip code to HELP4U (435-748).