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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  • 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.

    • Im not sure how much im smoking but its everyday, at least 20 puffs a day for a month.. my chest hurts… im scared. did you quit?

      • Christy, there is help. And yes, you can quit. I’ve been clean from meth and heroin for over 3 years after using IV for almost 10 years. It is possible.

      • I tried many times to quit drugs (primary addiction was crack but also abused meth), unsuccessfully. After 6 years of smoking crack chronically, I developed angina (heart pain, usually caused by acute or progressive damage). At that point, I did a smaller than usual (line and a half) amount of meth on one occasion and had the worst drug overdose of my life. Severe chest pain, racing heart, splitting headache, dizziness, blurred vision, and pains that seemed to be going from my heart down my arm. Had to sit still completely for eight hours without crossing my legs ot the blood pressure symptoms would get worse. Felt like my heart was going to explode. I didn’t go to the hospital because I didn’t want this on my record as I am a pain patient and would lose my medication. I was actually scared straight after that, and very grateful and surprised to be alive. Maybe you can use my OD experience to stop, instead of having to go through your own. I’ve had friends and acquaintances OD and die of polydrug (including meth) OD and opiate OD. I feel my overdose was actually a miracle, because many don’t have a dramatic experience that changes their perspective. Hope you get & stay clean.

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

  • Christy, there is help. And yes, you can quit. I’ve been clean from meth and heroin for over 3 years after using IV for almost 10 years. It is possible.

    • How much were you using before you got clean? I have a friend who injects 4-5 times a day and has been going for 10 years. She is trying to quit now, any advise will be appreciated.

  • Just started using meth recently. To be honest I’m not sure how to stop or if I even want to. If it’s not affecting me at work other than my occasional runs to take a hit is this bad that I use?

    • You should stop now while you haven’t used long. Save your own life and stay as far away from it as possible. Please believe me when I say, meth will take everything in your life that you hold dear away from you and utterly destroy it.

    • Patrick, of course you won’t want to quit. That is the nature of the drug. It’s a nice, easy, addictive high that noone wants to walk away from. Therein lies the danger. I would know. It took me going to prison to quit. And with the help of God, i did! And you can too! Don’t EVER be ashamed to ask for some help. And get God in on it too. He is your number one advocate 🙂

    • It may not be bad now, but there is never any happy ending when it comes to using meth. Stay away from it, meth doesn’t give a s**t about you, your family, your job, anything. It will take it all away from you in the blink of an eye

    • Patrick, I truly hope you are not using this insidious drug. My son just died from an od on meth. Not only did it destroy his young brain so quickly, it changed who he was, isolated him, cost him his relationships and job, made him delusional and ultimately led to catastrophic organ failure, including his heart which stopped 5 different times as the ER team worked to keep him alive. This is real. Please don’t turn to this illicit substance. Get real help from a doctor if you have a need to self medicate.

  • I smoked 8 g. within 6 hrs. and that was 2 hrs. ago. Still here. Still gucci. House clean as a whistle and ready to go to work. So this is b.s. man. Just saying.

    • Fred do you need meth to function normally? Need it for the energy? To keep your house clean or go to work? If so what happens when you don’t have any. If you don’t need it, why waste the money? Sorry to rack your brain with such hard questions- You need more than 1/4oz in 6hrs, obviously your not the brightest buying such garbage meth. Just saying

    • This is a really dangerous notion for anyone out there considering it’s use. I watched my 20 year old son die – just days ago from his meth addiction. You will feel in control until it’s way too late. For anyone reading, please do not use.

  • My daughter age 49 died from taking illicit meth. She lived in West Virginia and her coworkers and best friend swear she didn’t use. Can you die from taking it one time? I’m in shock and confused

    • I am so very sorry Cathy. I have a sister that lives with us who is in my back room tearing up my flooring as I speak. I don’t know what to do. She swears she doesn’t have a problem but she has ripped all her fingernails off and her face is almost unrecognisable. My husband is one breath away from leaving me over it. I’m scared to death she’s not going to make it and I can’t force her into rehab.

      • Call the police and have her arrested. Is it really worth losing your husband over. She won’t get better until she admits that she has a problem to herself and takes the first step in the journey to recovery

    • Yes. I witnessed its deadly effects. At a high enough dose, extreme hyperthermia will cause the body’s vital organs, kidney, liver, heart to shut down from heat stoke, and extreme high blood pressure will result in internal bleeding. The brain will swell to the point of death. This happens when someone eats a high dose, for example to hide it from family or police.

  • Meth makes u feel good and gives you energy at first, but just like any other drug it gradually takes more and more and you feel it less an less. You will eventually lose your pretty looks an your shiny white teeth. Its NEVER a good ending. But I know some learn faster than others, but about 6 months ago I got ahold of a bad batch an for 4-4 months my mind wasn’t right. I was seeing things that wasn’t there, hearing s**t that wasn’t there, thinking everyone was out to get me, but couldn’t tell u why, I kept tearing things apart , anything with a speaker thinking people were wearing wires on me it was crazy..and I wasn’t sure I was ever going to b ok again, it’s by the grace of God that I’m able to be hear to tell my story. So NEVER think that it’s cool or that person can’t b you. Because it can an it will so jus b aware there’s NEVER a happy ending.

  • I was just about to say that 8 grams in 6 hours must either be a ghost typing that or its some bunk or not meth at all. Quit buying up and sniffing that oatmeal on the streets g kroger is cheaper and please quit saying im gucci i gotta say that whenever i hear that phrase i immediately think you must either a surburban kid or one hell of a du**ass and wont ever take anything you say serious again after i hear them say that just saying.

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