How Long Does Meth Stay In Your System?
by Eric Botelho, CEO & Founder of South Shores Recovery Center
(Orange County, California)
Meth Infographic Description
Every American knows the “This is Your Brain on Drugs” advert, from those old enough to remember the advert itself, to those familiar with the copycat campaigns—not to mention the countless TV and movie references—produced in the decades since.
This advert is often dismissed as being too blunt and not entirely factual. But its message is rooted in truth, as drugs have an instant affect on the brain, and one that can leave its mark for many days, weeks, months and even years to come.
Such is the case with methamphetamine, as evidenced by this infographic. This drug is abused by nearly 25 million Americans every year, and that abuse is as prevalent in affluent suburbs and in high schools and colleges as it is on the streets of America’s poorest cities. Not only does meth instantly and drastically alter your brain chemistry, but it triggers a series of events that some users never recover from, including severe damage to teeth, gums and skin; damage to the dopamine receptors in the brain; and more.
As this infographic by South Shores Recovery shows, along with a trail of destruction from the brain to the blood vessels, meth also leaves its fingerprint in your urine, blood and hair. Depending on the test used, this fingerprint can be detected up to there months after the drug was last ingested, and even longer if the user has health problems, is addicted, or has used other drugs.
This infographic is a warning to everyone who has ever used or abused this drug, as well as those contemplating trying it for the first time. Like the aforementioned advert, it’s succinct and brutal in its honesty. Unlike that advert, its message has much more basis in truth and is considerably less biased.