Low-intensity abusers swallow or snort methamphetamine, using it the same way many people use caffeine or nicotine.

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Even though a law enforcement officer is not likely to encounter low-intensity abusers, these individuals are one step away from becoming binge abusers.

They already know the stimulating effect that methamphetamine provides them by swallowing or snorting the drug, but they have not experienced the euphoric rush associated with smoking or injecting it and have not encountered clearly defined stages of abuse.

Recent research indicates 72% of meth users have dry mouth, 68% experience jaw clenching and 47% have temporomandibular joint pain.

Heavy meth use can result in a physiological manifestation known as “meth or crank bugs,” which causes people to incessantly scratch or pick at their skin.

A return to the gym and a shallow fixation on my body.

An abandoned cigarette habit that returned in secretive fits and starts.

Perhaps the most infamous physical sign of meth use is an oral health condition known as “meth mouth.” Researchers surmise chronic meth use can lead to significantly less saliva production, associated dry mouth and bad breath, as well as extensive bruxism.

This in turn leads to an increased risk of dental cavities, periodontal lesions and dental erosions.

Binge and high-intensity abusers are psychologically addicted and prefer to smoke or inject methamphetamine to achieve a faster and stronger high.