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Methamphetamine Wreaks Havoc with Users and Their Loved Ones

Posted on August 30, 2014 in Stimulants

Methamphetamine Wreaks Havoc with Users and Their Loved OnesMethamphetamine is unforgiving, in just about every way. The drug is so physically destructive that one public service campaign themed The Faces of Meth features before use and after use photos to show how quickly the drug can destroy a person’s appearance. But the drug does far more than wreck good looks.

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Utah Mom Kills Six Newborns Due to Meth Addiction

Posted on August 27, 2014 in Stimulants

Utah Mom Kills Six Newborns Due to Meth Addiction
Most people appreciate that addiction can drive people to do terrible things, but some stories still hold the power to shock. News has recently emerged that a Utah mother addicted to methamphetamine killed six newborn children over the course of a decade because she was unable to cope with the responsibility they represented. She has admitted to the crimes, and is currently being held on $6-million bail. Her story is a definitive reminder of the lengths some people will go to when they are under the influence of an addiction. 

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Women and Meth

Posted on July 17, 2014 in Stimulants

Women and MethThe crystal meth epidemic that hit rural America years ago may no longer be the biggest story in illicit drugs, but meth has not disappeared. Meth has simply spread out of the country and into the suburbs where more women are getting hooked than ever before. Know the signs of meth use in women, understand the motivations and the risks and be aware of how much damage this drug can do to you or someone you love.

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Which Meth Users Are Most At Risk for Paranoia?

Posted on July 10, 2014 in Stimulants

Which Meth Users Are Most At Risk for Paranoia?Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug of abuse known for its potential to trigger a highly dysfunctional mental state called psychosis in repeated, long-term users. One of the main symptoms of this state is a delusional, sometimes highly paranoid outlook on the real and imagined actions of other people. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Addiction, a team of researchers from Thailand and the U.S. investigated the factors that appear most often in meth users who develop paranoia. These researchers concluded that some of the factors in question have an environmental or behavioral basis, while others stem from genetic influences.

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Addiction to Methamphetamine

Posted on July 9, 2014 in Stimulants

Addiction to MethamphetamineMethamphetamine, also called meth, crystal meth, ice or glass, is a highly addictive drug that causes numerous health problems. Methamphetamine is a controlled substance and a prescription medication that is used for patients with ADHD and sometimes for obese patients who can’t lose weight any other way. Symptoms of meth use in women and men are not hard to spot. If you suspect someone is abusing this drug, whether from a prescription or an illegal drug dealer, step in before the problem gets out of control.

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Is Ibudilast a Cure for Meth Addiction?

Posted on July 28, 2013 in Stimulants

Is Ibudilast a Cure for Meth Addiction?When a problem is life-threatening, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tries to move as quickly as possible in assisting to bring potential solutions. That can be seen in the FDA’s latest push to fast-track a possible cure for methamphetamine addiction.

In 2011, 439,000 people abused methamphetamine in the U.S. alone. If the FDA approval continues moving forward on this new drug, it could also wind up being the only non-opioid treatment for other drug addictions such as heroin dependence.

The drug on which so much hope rests is called Ibudilast, though its technical name is MN-166.   So far, Ibudilast has been allowed to undergo the initial phase of human drug testing, that of safety.

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Teen Meth Use: A Dangerous Trend

Posted on July 8, 2013 in Stimulants

Teen Meth Use:  A Dangerous TrendNothing is more pressing on the teenage mind than the need to belong and fit in. This drive to be accepted can sometimes lead teens to engage in behaviors like drinking or drug use which they believe will gain them acceptance by their peers. Young people make dangerous decisions because in the moment, being accepted is their greatest concern and because they feel overly confident in their ability to step away from substance use. Some drugs however are powerful enough to hook kids on the very first try. Methamphetamine is that kind of drug.

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Methamphetamine Overdose and Metabolic Acidosis

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Stimulants

Methamphetamine Overdose and Metabolic AcidosisMetabolic acidosis is a term used to describe the buildup of excessive amounts of acid in the body’s various fluids. In some cases, this buildup stems from excessive acid production inside the body; in other cases, it stems from the kidneys’ inability to eliminate sufficient amounts of acid from the bloodstream. Whatever the underlying cause, unchecked metabolic acidosis can kill an affected individual. People who use/abuse the illegal street drug methamphetamine can develop metabolic acidosis during the course of a drug overdose. The condition arises as an end result of an unsustainable methamphetamine-related increase in body temperature.

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Development of a Methamphetamine Vaccine

Posted on May 29, 2013 in Stimulants

Development of a Methamphetamine VaccineVaccination is a method that doctors use to stimulate the immune system and either prevent the appearance of a particular disease or diminish the effects of a disease if it does appear. A vaccine achieves these goals by triggering a reaction called an antibody response, which puts the immune system on alert for a specific type of foreign invader. Currently, drug abuse researchers are developing a vaccine designed to help stop the illegal, addictive drug methamphetamine from making its classic changes on normal brain function. The method used to produce this effect strongly resembles the antibody response generated by vaccines that fight off infectious diseases.

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Differences Between Amphetamine and Methamphetamine

Posted on May 23, 2013 in Stimulants

Differences Between Amphetamine and MethamphetamineAmphetamine and methamphetamine are stimulant drugs that change normal function in the brain and body by altering levels of naturally occurring substances called neurotransmitters. The two drugs are so closely related that methamphetamine turns into amphetamine when it starts to break down inside the bloodstream. However, despite their similarities, the two drugs have different levels of potency and work in somewhat different ways inside the body. In addition, while doctors commonly use amphetamine-based prescription medications for the treatment of certain health problems, use of methamphetamine-based prescription medications is much less common.

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