Unfortunately there are several different ways that children can be exposed to the harmful effects of methamphetamines. They can be exposed prenatally, environmentally through the skin and through inhalation, ingestion and breast milk. Older children and teenagers are more likely to be exposed through inhalation rather than ingestion. Drug Endangered Children (DEC), such as those exposed to methamphetamine either prenatally or in their environment, are at an increased risk of experiencing physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Children of parents who use drugs, namely methamphetamines, are more likely to experience neglect of food and shelter, medical neglect and verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. The danger is exponentially higher if children are raised in “meth lab” homes where methamphetamine (“Crystal Meth”) is produced.
There are significant risks to both mother and child when methamphetamines are ingested during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Prematurity, low birth weight, developmental delays, learning disabilities, anxiety, irritability, poor sleep are just some of the harmful effects on both mother and child.
The effects of exposure to the chemicals involved in manufacturing methamphetamine, including ingestion, can result in life-threatening issues, including death. Some of the effects are increased agitation and irritability, elevated body temperature and elevated heart rate.
The following is a list of the major ingredients used to produce Crystal Meth:
Needless to say, all of these chemicals are extremely toxic. Therefore, chronic use of methamphetamines are deadly.
NOTE: ADS now offers Environmental Drug Testing (Child Guard) to confirm or rule out ingestion of or exposure to drugs.