Methamphetamine Overdose: How Much Can Kill You?

Methamphetamine Deadly Dose

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that closely resembles Amphetamine. You can eat, inject, snort, or smoke it. Unfortunately, Methamphetamine overdose occurs when you take too much of it.

Currently, it belongs to a class of powerful and highly addictive substances. We call them CNS stimulants. Naturally, it brings euphoria and relaxed feelings in the users. For this reason, they abuse it.

At the same time, doctors also prescribe a less powerful form to treat ADHD. They also use to treat a sleep disorder which they call Narcolepsy. On the other hand, the one you get from streets is more powerful. In fact, it carries an increased risk of overdose even with a little quantity.

Synonyms: meth, crank, speed, crystal meth, and ice

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Methamphetamine Overdose Symptoms: What You Should Not Miss

When you overdose on it, the effects are widespread and cover a number of body systems. With this in mind, There are some things that can determine the severity of the symptoms. One of them is the amount of the drug that reaches your brain. In addition, it also influences how long you will have to bear them.

Understandably, injecting it is more dangerous than eating or smoking.

Nervous System

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Stroke
  • Mental confusion
  • Hearing or listening things that are not there (hallucinations)
  • Extreme fear or panic states
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Tremor
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory and judgment

Digestive System

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

Respiratory System

  • Chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fast breathing

Urinary System

  • Dark colored urine
  • Damages to the kidneys that may lead to its failure

Muscles System

  • Abnormal muscle contractions
  • Muscle pain or weakness
  • Extreme tiredness

Moreover, extremely high body temperature (hyperthermia) is another vital and potentially fatal effect.

Methamphetamine Overdose Treatment

Regrettably, there is no antidote. Nothing can directly counteract the toxic effects or reverse them. However, supportive treatments can restrict or relieve them.

The treatments include:

  • Medications to normalize abnormal heart rhythms
  • Benzos to control convulsions
  • Injections of antipsychotic agents to mitigate severe restlessness
  • Pressure-lowering medications to treat high blood pressure
  • Fluid and electrolyte injections to stabilize the patient. As a result, it may decrease the risk of damage to the kidneys.
  • Activated charcoal and laxative can be useful. That is if the user took the drug by mouth. In addition, it happens not so long before reaching the hospital. That way, it may help to restrict its absorption in the stomach and intestines.
  • Artificial ventilation and oxygen supplementation to facilitate breathing.
  • Supportive treatment to treat hyperthermia and prevent excessive dehydration.

How Methamphetamine Overdose Affects Your Body/Brain

Methamphetamine OverdoseFirst, the drug you took reaches the brain. Then, it starts to affect the activity of many of the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). Notably, it affects the “pleasure neurotransmitter.” Scientists call it dopamine. It is because both dopamine and Meth have similar chemical structures.

For this reason, you get euphoric feelings after a dose of the drug. But when you take too much of it, there occurs an exaggeration of dopamine activity. This results in marked agitation, rapid breathing, aggression and other excitatory symptoms.

The symptoms reach their peak within a few hours after you take it. Then, they start climbing down. Consequently, the symptoms of physical and mental depression start to act.

How Much Methamphetamine Does It Take To Overdose

The lethal dose varies depending on an individual’s previous exposure to the drug. For example, it can be the way they take it and their unique capacity to digest it.

In addition, in some cases, you might already have some diseases of the vital organs. Consequently, they might also affect how your body metabolizes the drug.

Scientists say a single oral dose of 150 mg is enough to produce a fatal situation. In the same way, 100 mg given by injection or 50 mg by smoking is extremely harmful.

Understandably, injecting or smoking can kill you with a lower amount. This is when you compare it to eating.

Methamphetamine Overdose Death

Methamphetamine abuse reached its pinnacle in 2005. At that time, they said that overdosing had caused almost 4.500 deaths in the US. This is according to a report by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In addition, Methamphetamine overdose also accounts for 100,000 emergency room visits. This is every year in the US.

What Makes Amphetamine A Drug Of Epidemic Abuse

  • Low cost
  • Long-lasting high
  • Easy accessibility

What You Should Do To Help Someone Having Methamphetamine Overdose

Do you or someone you know have Methamphetamine overdose? Call your local emergency number 911. Or call the national toll-free Poison Help hotline (1-800-222-1222). You can reach it from anywhere in the United States.

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Methamphetamine Overdose: How Much Can Kill You?

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  • I would like to know just where exactly you got your information about the “fatal amounts/ doses” for the various methods of use.

    • It’s funny you said that amber, because I was going to comment the same thing. I came to google in search of what was considered “lethal”, after reading an article of a child consuming 180 times the lethal amount. My first through was “holy shit that kid ate pounds of meth?”

      I know people do who do 1 gram shots, multiple times a day. Hell when I was a user, I was doing half gram’s IV every 12-24 hours

  • Ive smoked 400 mg’s plus easy on a number of occasions when i used to use it many years ago. Apparently that stuff was also top grade.

  • Can someone die from meth intoxication, if only sins of meth was small amount found in kidneys?

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