Meth affects you even if you're not a user
You don't have to do meth for your wallet and health to suffer the effects.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 18:04
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Dizzy? Confused? Nauseous?
It could be meth.
The very air you breathe could be contaminated by a meth house or location. Whether in the city or in rural areas (where meth is easily, covertly made in barns and outdoor buildings) meth can get in the air and affect your health.
Symptoms from breathing fumes caused by meth include:
Skin and eye irritation
Decreased mental capacity
Meth can also cause anemia, kidney damage, birth defects and cancer.
Meth isn't only bad for the environment, but your insurance costs also go up as those whose health is affected increase their use of hospital and emergency room visits.
According to NoMeth.org, every pound of meth produced leaves behind 5 to 6 pounds of toxic waste. This waste contaminates soil and groundwater and the toxins persist in the groundwater for years. Meth dumps are often found in parks, forests and buried in the ground, all leaching into our water systems. It is flushed down our sewers and put in garbage containers within reach of children.
Fires from meth lab explosions are at an all time high. Recently in Florida, a woman set fire to a 150-year-old tree. Criminal activity, domestic violence and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases are other ways meth use affects those who do not use meth themselves.
For more information on meth in Indiana, go to the Indiana Meth website. If you know someone who is addicted to meth, start here for information on how to help.
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