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Addiction to crystal meth -- methamphetamine -- is taking a terrible toll on users, families and friends, communities, law enforcement, and health care. Meth is highly addictive and easily obtainable everywhere. Find out how meth affects users and what can be done to break the grip of addiction. David Rosenker of the Caron Foundation joined us on Aug. 2, 2005 to answer your questions about meth.
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The impact on the mind and body is similar to your intense "speed" user who becomes paranoid, agitated and aggressive, and it takes its toll on the body very rapidly. As many people saw in the Oregon newspaper, The Faces of Meth , the destruction of the person's physical appearance can happen from three to six months, from rotting of teeth to skin discoloration to loss of weight and various other internal organ damage.
Overall, the effect on the liver is -- it's an extreme mix of toxic chemicals and will have an effect very rapidly. It depends on the amount, length of time, and the various other aspects of the person's health that's using it.
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