Does meth come out your pores onto your skin? And if so if you touch someone or hold a baby does it get on them and absorbe through their skin?

Not Medical Advice: Sources suggest that methamphetamine users usually have a harsh smell to them and they often sweat a lot. The chemicals in the drug are what can cause the person to have this smell when they sweat and it comes out of their pores. But, it cannot be transmitted through skin contacts.

According to Treatment4Addiction, determining how long methamphetamine stays in the system depends on several factors including:

  • The amount the user has consumed; the more one has consumed then the longer it's likely to stay in the system.
  • How frequently/consistent use has been; methamphetamine will not leave the body's system if there is a continuous flow of intake, therefore the more frequent someone has been using then the longer it's likely to stay in the system.
  • The individual's metabolic rate; a metabolic rate refers to how fast the individual's body metabolizes everything that comes into the body, such as food, drinks and drugs like methamphetamine. The slower the individual's metabolic rate then the longer the meth will stay in the system. A person's weight, age and general health all contribute to their metabolic rate.
  • The individual's tolerance to methamphetamine; this refers to how frequent the user has ingested the drug and their general physical health at the time. Consistent drug users are normally found with higher tolerances.
  • The manner in which it is ingested; different ways of ingestion take different amounts of time for the body to process the methamphetamine. Snorting typically takes one to four days. Smoking methamphetamine can take anywhere from three to five days to leave the system. When users this drug intravenously, the drug will typically stay in their system for a minimum of 72 hours.

Determining how long methamphetamine can be detected varies by which kind of test is being used. Estimated range of times or detection windows during which methamphetamine can be detected by various testing methods:

  1. Urine: normally stays for 3 to 5 days starting 2-5 hours after use
  2. Blood: normally stays for 1 to 3 days starting (depends on form of ingestion) 2 hours
  3. Saliva (swab test): normally stays for 1 to 4 days starting 10 minutes after use
  4. Hair: normally stays 90 days on standard consumer hair test. Longer when lab test

    Check out methamphetamine abuse symptoms, signs and addiction treatment at Coalition against Drug Abuse.

    In the news, Minnehaha County, SD is starting a random drug-testing program for methamphetamine users. The program is similar to the 24/7 sobriety program, which uses twice-daily breath tests for most participants as a bond of sentencing condition. It targets repeat drunken driving offenders or probationers who struggle with alcohol addiction.

    The program is called HOPE. It is designed to help those people who might not qualify for existing drug programs. Read more at Rapid City Journal.

Updated on Monday, September 01 2014 at 08:46AM EDT
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