Tuesday March 28th 2017

Trusted Helpline
Help Available 24/7

Meth overdose: How much amount of meth to OD?

The main signs of meth overdose can be difficult to recognize. This is because unlike other forms of drug intoxication, methamphetamine provides you with no immediate signs of problems. More here on meth overdose, prognosis, and death rates. Then, we invite your questions about meth use and treating methamphetamine addiction at the end.

How does unintentional meth overdose happen?

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a central nervous system stimulant. Meth affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. But meth is extremely habit-forming (how does methamphetamine work), and can trigger both long-term and/or chronic use. Methamphetamine intoxication occurs when excessive amounts of the drug are administered to the body, often used in combination with other drugs or alcohol, the purity of meth is usually really high, and can result in lethal doses. So how much meth is too much?

Meth overdose – How much is too much?

A lethal dose of methamphetamine varies depending on characteristics of the drug and the user. In fact, each person has a different sensitivity to a specific amount of methamphetamine due to personal tolerance to meth. In this way, toxic levels are different for each individual. Meth overdose may also be complicated by other drugs the user may have taken. Diseases that the person may have developed also play a role due to the current health condition of the body.

Meth overdose complications

Signs of meth overdose are associated with stages of overdose progression. However, meth users can take a lethal dose and not realize it right away. But in general, meth overdose is characterized by physiological deterioration, eventually leading to a heart attack or stroke. Further, meth should not be used by people with heart, thyroid disorders and diabetes, because these chronic conditions may lead to sudden death.

At the beginning of meth overdose, as the heart beats faster, more energy is needed for the body to keep up with higher temperature and body fluid generation. Physiological effects on the sympathetic nervous system can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and may affect many organ systems, causing chronic heart problems, stroke, and acute kidney failure. Because the body does not have an effective way to release the heat, the heat accumulates and produces a rise in body temperature.

Other common signs of meth overdose include:

Trusted Helpline
Help Available 24/7
  • cardiovascular collapse
  • chest pains
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • dehydration
  • delirium
  • dilated pupils
  • hyperactivity
  • hyperthermia
  • rapid breathing
  • severe hypertension
  • stroke
  • sweating profusely
  • tachycardia (irregular or fast heart beat)

Meth overdose prognosis

If you are witness to a meth overdose, do not take any actions with further drugs on your own. Only professional medical staff are competent to treat meth overdose. However, drinking liquids can help prevent excessive dehydration and restore body fluids.To treat the rapid rise in temperature, ice blankets can cool the body externally, while special drugs control internal cooling.

Meth overdose death rate

Because of rapid onset, death proceeds suddenly and unexpectedly after a meth OD. Many fatalities usually manifest symptoms of coma, shock, inability to pass and secrete urine, and muscle twitching. Emergency department visits due to meth overdose have been up to 130,000 per year, out of which almost 15% were fatalities.

Meth overdose amount questions

Do you still have questions related to meth overdose? Please feel free to post them in the comments section below. We at Addiction Blog do our best to provide you with a personal and prompt response to any legitimate question.

Reference sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Methamphetamine
SASMSHA/ DAWN: Area Profiles of Drug-Related Mortality
Erowid on meth doses

Photo credit: Wiki Media Commons

Leave a Reply

49 Responses to “Meth overdose: How much amount of meth to OD?
Christy mcmullen
8:23 am April 15th, 2014

Well simply stop killing people with it .find another solution. Kind regards christy mcmullen

Matt DiSabatino
11:01 pm April 25th, 2014

Injection and intranasal routes enter the venous circulation. Smoking enters the arterial circulation. Why is intranasal more “potent” than injection ?

1:34 am August 5th, 2014

Can you overdose from smoking?

8:53 am August 5th, 2014

Hi Jon. Good question! The risk for lethal intoxication from smoking methamphertamine may vary depending on the individual. But, ODing from smoking meth isn’t easy to do. The reaction in most cases is delayed, it doesn’t come on as the drug is being smoked. But later, an unexpected cardiac episode, heart attack or stroke can strike with little warning.

If you thing you or someone near you has overdosed from smoking meth, go to the ER emediatley or Call 911. Or Call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert.

4:13 am August 18th, 2014

My husband got pulled over and wallowed a little over a gram of meth. How severe are the effects going to be if he is a daily user anyway. How should we proceed?

7:31 pm September 15th, 2014

my sister has just been arrested for the second time for possession of meth…my parents no longer know what to do. Last year, for the first arrest… They hired the big lawyer to get everything reduced. My sister was forced to take court appointed drug classes. But she had a bad attitude in their regard.

She was just picked up again this last Wednesday for possession, as well as felony theft.

We are at a loss as to how to help her… We believe she is homeless, again. My folks tried to put her up in an apartment last year, after she arrested the 1st time…. But she got evicted several weeks later due to heavy traffic.

Will we ever get her back?

I am living my life without a sister…and my daughter without an Aunt.

3:52 pm September 16th, 2014

Hi Kelley. I’m very sorry that your sister is in such a situation. I’d suggest talking to a family addiction therapist, they make things a lot clearer. You see, the line between taking care of or helping an addict and enabling or codependence is thin. And meth is one powerful drug…but, you can’t make someone get in rehab, unless they themselves are willing to quit.

4:52 am October 30th, 2014

My son overdosed on meth. I was told he was shaking then all of a sudden looked liked he was sleeping then start snoring and then there was a snorting noise and he wasn’t breathing so what does it mean he died in his sleep . I wonder if he didn’t even know what was happening and just fell into unconsciousness.I think about this always

4:35 pm November 11th, 2014

Its now past midnight i injected a small amount of meth about 1pm now yesterday.felt rush got energetic and felt fine till 9pm.then i felt hot yet temp was norm.heart felt pounding but norm i think.slight headache numbness down left side blood rushes to head pain in left arm and occasionally on chest.shivers come and go.had something to eat and been drinking water and had sport drink.few yawns but not tired.my question is after so many hours later could i be having an overdose?or something else happening i should seek medical attention for?also pins and needles here and there.

12:10 pm November 24th, 2014

Hi Vicki. Your body is reacting to the meth. I’d say it’s either some side-effects from the drug or meth withdrawal. But, in order to be sure and safe, you need to see a doctor. Wish you all the best.

1:53 am December 13th, 2014

My stepdaughter`s mother just died from drinking liquid meth-supposedly unknowing–(she has had drug issues in the past) I wonder how much she had to drink and I would like to tell my stepdaughter that her mother did not suffer.

3:47 pm December 16th, 2014

Hello Annette. I’m very sorry for what happened. The doses required to cause an overdose and death are different for many inividuals. Didn’t they give you results from the autopsy? I believe it’s best to talk to a doctor, prehaps an addiction specialist, to get a professional answer to your question.

2:55 am March 7th, 2015

in an attempted suicide a 46 year old female, a second time user ingests a chunk of meth equalling approximately 30 – 35 “lines”. within 48 hours of snorting 10 “lines”. what is the possibility that this woman, otherwise generally healthy, will survive as if nothing happened, resuming normal activity within 8 hours.

4:02 pm March 12th, 2015

Hi MrsY. I apologize but I am not qualified to answer such a question. Maybe you should direct it at the medical professionals who are treating her and monitoring her state. I hope and pray she recovers form this! God bless!

12:06 pm March 19th, 2015

A good friend of mine passed away when alive it showed he had 107ng/MG of meth in his system when he died and had a toxology done shows he had >5000ng/mg in his system how is that possible

4:55 am April 13th, 2015

My husband just passed away 3 weeks ago while he was incarcerated due to meth overdose. Does anyone know if there is any sort of warning before a person OD’s? He was in a cell all by himself, and the prison isnt telling me anything except that he was found on the floor, and was “already gone” before help could get to him. Is the prison held liable?

4:27 am May 2nd, 2015

Hi, I caught my 44yrs old husband doing meth, he has uncontrollable diabetes his sugar is never under 350 ever, he takes 150 mg of methadone daily and now crystal meth on top of this.Im at my end with him I have 3 small children and I’m loosing everything he comes in at 1,2,3 in the morning smelling like a sweet sickening smell.I was wondering what are the odds of him living .He has lost about 50 lbs in a few months.

9:57 am July 29th, 2015

Would meth cause loss of feelings in your hands and feet with no strength a very heavy uncoordinated feeling or better yet could it cause prehini. Sensory neuropathy. Thank you

12:01 am August 24th, 2015

my son overdosed….autopsy report reads .12mg of meth/ .22mg of lorazepan (giving to him by his ex girlfriend) to slow him down /and .31mg amphetamine…my question is why is it a methamphetamine intoxication cause of death with meth being the lowest amount of drugs in his system? I need answers…..its been 3 months tonight and I’m literally losing my mind.my son was only 27 yrs old

10:36 am August 24th, 2015

Hi Debra. I’m really sorry for your loss. I’d suggest you talk to a doctor from the laboratory or a pharmacist who will be able to go over the toxicology reports and give you more professional answers.

4:46 am October 6th, 2015

I OD-d and got a overwhelming feeling which I think was really high heart pressure. this lasted about 1 hour. thinking I would die as my body felt like it was overloaded, which lowered but still noticable and unknown if it would kill me or not, this lasted about 3 or 5 hours. After that I feel 80% normal again and relaxed, but it screws with your brain too so read up before you try anything your not certain on.

3 years ago I swallowed 350 mg and had no effect for some reason. After taking around 700 mg over 2 weeks. I tried taking 270 mg and had the OD experience you just read. It says online 15% OD die in hospital care and I was not in this fraction so idk how relevant my experience is. I knew I OD but didn’t die so I don’t see how others OD and die, I survived over double a normal amount so it varys from person to person.

~Don’t combine drugs (death % rise while mixing drugs)
~Don’t be alone, Even if you die you can be brought back if you had someone to help
~Don’t try having more than you can handle
……if you use frequently don’t try to increase the amount
……if you do it time to time, Don’t try taking anymore than the last time you used as you could have lost your tolerance, also different batches means different potency, start low and add if needed
~ If your feeling of OD becomes better than worsens, it may be your mind not body, I’d probably go to the ER if you feel any sort of symptoms worsen a second time.
~ You can find yourself in a psychotic state anytime after the first use, Stop and get help before becoming an addict. if you use sometimes and want to see if your addicted, look up online, you’ll find something like: wait 3 or 4 weeks from use to see if you are dependent.
Don’t just assume you are fine after 5-6 or 7 days. you could easily turn dependent.

7:30 pm April 2nd, 2016

Hi excellent blog. I was an addict and it got really bad last summer. I got kicked out of my parents place but I still had my job and some money saved. I ended up moving into a motel for a short amt of time and doing tons of meth. At one point I swallowed like .8 liquid meth and instantly went into psychosis. I got really hot, my body was still as a rod, and it was hell for like 12hours. I’m glad im not there and im glad to be alive. I think the most brutal part is the aftermath of this. Not only do you have to suffer the worst comedown after a hellish high, but you are even more addicted after hitting your receptors so hard. Not to mention the months it takes for your brain to restabilize.

6:26 am May 21st, 2016

My son recently died from using meth
I don’t understand, how using it for a few hours, can cause overdose
He wasn’t using it 3 or 4days prior to his death
He did get hot , then sweaty and had a seizure
Soon after he died. I don’t understand, what happened

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:49 pm May 26th, 2016

Hi Kathy. I’m really sorry for your loss… I wish you peace in this hard time…

5:40 am September 5th, 2016

My son died in 2110 of a meth overdose. He walked into the er and in 3 hours he was dead. He died in my arms. Evidently he had smoked some aND got parinoid and ate the rest. The er nurses never checked his temp . His temp was 108 when he died. Please don’t do drugs. This was his first time.

6:13 am September 5th, 2016

Kathy your son burned up from the inside because the docs messed up . My heart bleeds for you.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:19 pm September 5th, 2016

Hi Kim. I’m really sorry for your loss… Hope others will get your message…

10:57 am September 23rd, 2016

My friend snorted 3 lines smoked 4 different foils with a friend then 3 times in a glass bowl , she has injected herself 4 times in the same vein …SHOULD I LET HER LIE DOWN LIKE SHE WANTS TO ?
SHE HAS ONLY BEEN DOING METH AND WEED SCENE MAY OF THIS YEAR …everyone that knows her or kinda does by face , keeps telling her she has lost so much weight , allot of weight but she doesn’t believe us , she still calls herself fat
She will go 8 days or more straight without eating anything only drinking water or juice , I am worried about her

8:04 am October 2nd, 2016

My son died just 2 days ago. He was 20. A suspected meth od.He very very rarely maytake a smoke of meth..but took subs daily. He was up all night..puking..excessive thorst..said he had the worst headach ever. Laid down..slept awhile..got up..had a cig..went and laid back down..and never woke up. Why did he die over 24hrsof use? What was causing the heafach and other syptoms? If anyone has any info plz tell me..i honestly dont know if im gonna be able to get thru this..thank yoi

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:05 pm October 4th, 2016

Hi Deidra. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest that you speak with a coroner or another professional about your concerns. We are not able to provide with an answer. I wish you peace in these hard times.

7:39 pm October 6th, 2016

My son died 7 days ago..a suspected meth od. He was not a regular user at all. He was on suboxone and he smoked pot. It was a little over 24hours till he passed. He even got up..smoked a cig..but was still vomiting and said he had a horrible headache. He laid back down and did t wake up. Plz does anyone have any comments about anything relating to this. Im finding it hard to go on. Thank you

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:35 pm October 14th, 2016

Hi Deidra. I’m really sorry for your loss… I’d suggest that you speak with a coroner or another professional about your concerns.

6:00 am October 28th, 2016

Hi there my name is rod/working here in thailand. im 32 and i just tried meth for the first time (yes first time). I have promised to myself before that I have to finish study and get a stable job, earning high enough before trying this stuff.
I’ve been taking ya-ba (crazy medicine in English) /one medicine consist of 40 mg. meth and 60 mg. of caffeine/ for almost 3 months (not daily, for about 2-3 times a week), and i can say my tolerance gets high. Unlike the first time that I took 2 tablets and i felt the high and it is so fantastic. Now I took 10 tablets for me to feel the high and the wonderfull feeling in my body. But offcourse as a health concious person I recently think i might be hook on this and might affect my whole life. Yes I can controll this habit but i just want to know if im taking too much.
For some people here with wide experience, am I taking much? And how often can I take it so i can be safe, i dont wanna end up loosing all my teeth and be psychotic like other hurting their own family….
Any comments and suggestions will be highly appreciated.
Thank you.

5:59 am November 20th, 2016

This afternoon one of my employees went on his break. When he didn’t come back, we went looking for him. A customer in the parking lot saw him slumped over in his car. Paramedics arrived, but he had no signs. They tried to revive him for an hour, but never got a response. They found meth pipes in his car, but no drugs. He has a wife and baby girl. He announced yesterday that his wife is pregnant again. They are living in her parents’ garage. Maybe life was just too much for him. Maybe at least his wife can now go on with life without worrying every day whether he will come home alive.

8:31 am December 14th, 2016

My brother recently OD’ed n I just got the. Corners report n it says he overdosed on meth and Ritalin.. I guess my question is is it possible and if so how much of each would it take for my brother to die from it.. and what is the death rate of it thankyou

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:08 pm December 19th, 2016

Hi Jennifer. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest that you speak with a toxicologist, coroner or another professional. We are not able to provide with an answer. Wish you peace in this hard time.

Justin case.
8:23 am January 15th, 2017

I spilled some paint onto my meth and mixed it with water or vodka and shot it up I’m feeling really really weird my vision is blurry seeing spot hallucinating and feel like with paint a problem or an overdose on meth please respond ASAP do I go to the emergency room or do I not

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:24 pm January 16th, 2017

Hey Justin case. I suggest that you call 911.

2:23 am January 24th, 2017

my friend recently was found in her THE SHOWER HANDS AND KNEES the family said Rig a mortes had already taken place. the autopsy came back a week ago DEATH BY ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE THE BODY OVERWHELMED BY METHAMPHETAMINE. HER BOYFRIEND 2 DAYS LATER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR STROKE/High blood pressure. a girl told me today she had a friend who died of an overdose HE TOO WAS FOUND IN THE SHOWER. Is this just quaint that they were in the shower or does the water have something to contribute to the OD ? AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN her body was overwhelmed with meth??

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:09 pm February 1st, 2017

Hi Babbles. I’m really sorry for your loss… I really don’t know if the water has any connection with meth OD, but it seems to me that the steam and high temperature may have something to do with it. I suggest that you speak with a coroner or another professional about your concerns.

12:07 pm February 7th, 2017

Hay babbles that’s really odd that that happend I’m only 17 years old and been using meth since I was 15 idont think the water had anything to do with it every time I feel to lit I take a hot shower n it makes me feel a lot better it calms my mind & body down my opinion is when off meth people overdose off of overthinking too much that when ur brain gets worried and keeps thinking about being too lit and that’s when a seizure can occur or even a heart attack

10:01 am February 8th, 2017

I know this may sound stupid. But I’m going on a week now binge whatever you want to call it. I’m not sure if I’m just tripping out but it’s like every time I exhale I see smoke but I havent touched my bat at all. I’m dehydrated but it wouldn’t matter if I even drank water because it’s like no matter how much I drink it’s not gonna help me. I smoke and inject. It’s not really about getting high anymore. I feel like I’m on fire but I’m so cold. I litetally feel like I’m getting eaten alive. Basically like someone lit me on fire. Literally both my hands are numb like I’ve been in the cold a really long time

3:13 pm February 10th, 2017

IV been snorting meth for 32 hours now. Bout every 4 I did a line. I haven’t done but only half a gram in total and still have the other half left.. I feel so relaxed that it’s kinda scaring me but it feels good. I’m all bundled up in sweats because it’s cold in my room but I’m worried that this feeling of relaxation is an overdose.. I thought meth boosted you with energy.. not melo u out and make u numb. I have another line to do rn before my parents wake up . I can’t just leave it on my desk and I don’t wanna waste it.. do u think I’ll be okay to snort it? Considering I’ve only done not even a gram so far in 30 hours? Idc if I od and die honestly.. but I’d rather not..
My main worry is my heart, my heart naturally skips or hops a beat. And it’s beating normal but every 5 mins it’ll spaz out and beat really hard about 6 times and hurt then go back to normal.. also I bet if I closed my eyes I could pass out .. should I sleep my high off or stay up longer till it goes away tonight, probly at like 10 pm. It’s 7 am now

I like this feeling tho.. never had it before.. plus I’ve only done meth 5 times and was with my ex every time keeping company and doing random shit. But I’ve been laying here a solid 30 hours with occasionaly getting up to smoke a cig or drink water or just to snort another line.. every other time I’ve done meth whether I smoked it or snorted it I got super wired and was talking fast and all over the place.. but this time since I’m all alone, I’m super chilled and it really feels like there “ice” in my vanes. If ur a meth user and u read this, please explain to me why my high is affecting me differently now .. is it normal? Or is my body or brain accepting the drug in a weird way? Please respond

7:59 am February 13th, 2017

Last night around 11:40pm I decided to take meth orally and, honestly, I don’t even know what a gram is.. all I can say is that there was probably about 3 small little ice thingies on my palm and I put them in my mouth, taste was sour and horrible and tramautizing and it is my FIRST time… I didn’t feel anything at first and then an hour passed by and I felt very light but nothing wild. I wasn’t sleepy of course and so I got up from couch and went upstairs to my room… is it normal for your vision to slowly start to black out ?? But not fully because it cleared instantly in about 5 seconds ? Because that happened and My knees gave out. But I stood up and laid down, I felt normal but a little hyper. It was already around 7am and I was feeling bad. My heart wasn’t RAPIDLY beating but it wasn’t slow it was in between and I was sweating a lot as well, and my heard did hurt maybe like a 5/10 type of pain but it was there for a very long while. Around 6pm I finally felt sleepy and I was still sweating and having the headaches, I took an hour long nap and I woke up feeling fine. Not 100% but I definitely didn’t feel like before. The headache did leave but maybe sometimes when I move my head a little too fast it’ll hurt for a few seconds and leave, my heart is calm now as well and I finally got mg appetite and I did eat and drink water. I’m just over thinking and hoping for this to stop and leave ! I don’t know what to do, does this mean that I’m going to be okay? Or am I going to have a random stroke later on… I’m a bit scared. Please reply when you can

8:15 am February 13th, 2017

Since November 5, 2017 been using a few puffs during day, not everyday , but yes one week in Dec smoked probably 6 puffs which wasn’t enough and most comes out mouth or I’d cough. Have pain management appt in 12-13 days so haven’t done any except Sat and took puff from friends pipe. So since November 5, 2016 to Feb 11th 2017 with few days off will I be clean by 27th of this month❓ What would help too take like vinegar, and water or anything to make sure urine test passes❓

11:19 pm February 17th, 2017

Hi i just took meth on friday early morning and i had some yesterday night too but i took it first time and am feeling like little paining in the chest and being lazy so i don’t wanna touch it again and I feels like i will be alright after couple of hours more i took it nearly 2 o clock on yesterday friday night, can you please tell me can I take couple of pegs of whisky with coke or water which i use too drink whisky on weekend

6:42 pm February 24th, 2017

My son is involved in a court case in which a woman weighing about 120 pounds says she smoked 2 grams of crystal meth in less than an hour. Is this possible and what would be the side affects? She said she was using the meth to get off of fentenol. Would she be hallucinating? Could she accurately describe a situation after taking 2 grams of meth? Thank you.

1:45 am March 5th, 2017

When the person dies, will there be foam at the mouth, blood from the nose, fluid in the lungs and swollen brain?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:17 pm March 20th, 2017

Hi Shena. It depends from the cause of death. This could happen.

Leave a Reply

Trusted Helpline
Help Available 24/7