One out of every 8 offenders in Minnesota state prison is there due to the sale, possession or manufacturing of Meth. That is a 390% rise, since 2001 of methamphetamine related offenders. Since the year 2000, Minnesota prosecutors have filed over 24,000 meth charges, it is also, sadly, a large contributing factor in many other crimes ranging from murders and assaults, to thefts and burglaries. Innocent children are suffering too as the percentage of out-of-home placements has raised by 69% in the Minnesota counties. Meth affects the body in a number of different ways, both physically and psychologically. The short term physical effects include: loss of appetite leading to serious weight loss, difficulties breathing, irregular heart beat and even death. The psychological problems are worse: some users develop skin sores from scratching at imaginary bugs. Meth also increases wakefulness, hyperactivity and respiration which all lead to irritability, confusion, insomnia and terrors. Some users can develop suicidal tendencies.
Studies have long shown that large doses of meth seriously damage the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, over time the damaged nerve endings die off and reproduction of these vital cells is very limited. In the long term, a meth addict will suffer from heart attacks and strokes from high blood pressure and damage to blood vessels. Don't let that be you, seek local help as soon as possible.
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