Indications of methamphetamine ingestion

There are some common physical and mental indications that someone is intoxicated by a stimulant such as methamphetamine:

Physical Signs

  • Wide, dilated pupils;
  • Rapid, often irregular pulse;
  • Increased body temperature ad sweating;
  • Dryness of mouth, often associated with loud smacking and clicking noises when trying to increase salivation;
  • Convulsions and epileptic fits (at high doses);
  • Tremor or muscular “jerks”; with distorted facial expressions and impaired fine motor ability;
  • Forced speech;
  • Stereotype (rigidly repeated) behavior, such as unsystematic house cleaning activities;
  • Restlessness with difficulties remaining calmly seated; and
  • Aggressive behavior.

Mental Signs

  • Nervousness;
  • Irritability;
  • Volatile trains of thoughts with incoherent speech (appearance of being “speeded” or in a maniacal state);
  • Anxiety and panic; and
  • Confusion (in severe cases of paranoid psychoses).