If you spot a drug paraphernalia item, such as a meth pipe, in someone’s possession, it may be a warning sign that they are using drugs. A meth pipe looks like a straight glass tube with a bulbous end and a long stem that drug users inhale through.
Drug users heat the meth pipe with a lighter to turn the crystals into a vapor that can be inhaled. Smoking meth in this way can cause a high that includes feelings of euphoria and heightened alertness. In some cases, the high can last for several hours or even days. It is important to know that using a meth pipe increases the likelihood of experiencing dilated pupils, which is a common side effect of this drug.
Often, meth pipes are made out of cheap materials such as plastic or metal. Depending on the state and/or local laws, possessing drug paraphernalia may be illegal, as might selling it. Drug users often clean their own mouthpieces and the inside of the pipes with soap and water or alcohol swabs in order to reduce germs from getting into the mouth. They also drink lots of water and use lip balm to protect their lips from dryness, which can lead to cracks and blisters.
In some cases, meth users can develop a condition called meth mouth that results in deteriorating teeth and gums. They can also experience a host of other physical and mental health problems, including social isolation, which can lead to neglect of family and friends.