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I am 26. I started using methamphetamine eight months ago. I had been using the drug for a month when I met a young woman and fell in love. She also used the drug. After dating for less than two months she had a stroke. She was 28. Methamphetamine was one of the primary causes of the high blood pressure that caused a blood vessal in her brain to rupture. She nearly died. After two months she was released from medical care. Within two weeks of being released she started using methamphetamine again. I never really quit. She suffers from partial paralysis on her left side.
--Jimmie

Source: www.kci.org - The Anti-Meth Site

All drugs of abuse act in the brain to produce their euphoric effects; however some of them also have severe negative consequences in the brain such as seizures, stroke, and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life. Drug use can also cause brain changes that lead to problems with memory, attention and decision-making.

Drugs that can cause neurological problems:

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National Institute of Drug Abuse (December 14 2012). Neurological Effects. In Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/medical-consequences-drug-abuse/neurological-effects

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