What is Meth?
Methamphetamine is a drug with a strong stimulant potential. Therefore, this makes it an addictive, illegal drug, without any medical value, which triggers the elevation of dopamine levels. (Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which orchestrates body movement, pleasure sensations, motivation, etc.) Additionally, the Controlled Substance Act classifies meth as a Schedule II substance.
How Is Meth Metabolized?
Right after meth enters the person’s bloodstream, the body starts to metabolize it. Continually, some of the methamphetamines are then quickly converted into amphetamine. The liver and kidney then process Methamphetamine and amphetamine. Finally, the drug will finally make its way to urinary tract for excretion from the body.
How Long Does Meth Stay in the Body?
It is hard to determine the precise duration of meth’s presence in one’s system since factors which influence the speed of meth metabolism are numerous. However, some approximate calculations suggest that meth has a half-life of 12-34 hours in the blood, and its effects can last between 8-24 hours. Furthermore, meth takes between 12 to 34 hours for there to be a reduction of concentration in the blood. Sometimes it can take up to 10 days for meth to completely leave the body.
How Long Does Crystal Meth Stay in the Body?
Crystal meth is a white crystal or powdered form of methamphetamine. Some forms of how people use it can range from injecting, snorting and smoking. Performing a urine, blood, saliva and hair test can show various time spans of Crystal Meth’s presence in one’s system:
- Urine tests shows: 3 – 5 days
- Blood test shows: 1 – 3 days
- Saliva: 1 – 4 days
- Hair: 90 days
What Are The Factors That Affect The Length Of Time Meth Is Detectable In Your Body?
- One’s frequency of meth use.
- The amount of one’s last dose.
- The functionality of one’s kidneys and liver.
- The type of test (urine, blood, hair, saliva) used to detect the drug.
According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, “the United States government reported in 2008 that approximately 13 million people over the age of 12 had used methamphetamine—and 529,000 of those are regular users.” Meth abuse is a dire global problem that causes myriads of deaths every day. If you or someone you know is dealing with meth addiction, do not hesitate to seek professional help.