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Pharmacology of crystal meth
When smoked, crystal meth rapidly achieves high concentrations in the brain without the burdens of the intravenous route. Kish reviews the actions of methamphetamine and explains the potential role of dopamine in methamphetamine craving. (2008-06-16)

New study finds that PROMETAT, a controversial methamphetamine treatment program, is ineffective
A recent study has found that PROMETAT, a popular but controversial treatment for methamphetamine addiction, is no more effective than placebo in reducing methamphetamine use, keeping users in treatment, or reducing cravings for methamphetamine. The study was funded by Hythiam, the company that owns the PROMETAT protocol, and is published online today in the scientific journal Addiction. (2011-11-15)

Psychostimulants play a major role in fatal strokes among young adults
An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. A new Journal of Forensic Sciences study from Australia is the first to present national data of psychostimulant use in young adults who experienced a fatal stroke. (2019-04-03)

Crystal methamphetamine use by street youth increases risk of injecting drugs
The use of crystal methamphetamine by street-involved youth is linked to an increased risk of injecting drugs, with crystal methamphetamine being the drug most commonly used at the time of first injection, found a study published in CMAJ. (2013-10-15)

Methamphetamine use linked to heightened stroke risk in the young
The stimulant methamphetamine, also popularly known as 'speed,' 'ice' and 'meth,' is linked to a heightened risk of stroke among young people, reveals a review of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. (2017-08-23)

Methamphetamine, cocaine abusers have different patterns of use
Studies show that methamphetamine abusers follow a pattern of usage that more closely resembles taking a medication rather than using a drug for pleasure whereas cocaine abusers are more likely to exhibit a (2002-07-31)

Impact of methamphetamine use depends on your genes
The research, published in Molecular Psychiatry found that variations in the gene known as BDNF strongly determine the effects of methamphetamine in the brain. This could potentially explain why some users develop methamphetamine-induced psychosis, which is similar to schizophrenia. (2019-12-19)

Meth exposure in young adults leads to long-term behavioral consequences
Methamphetamine exposure in young adults may lead to long-term behavioral consequences later in life. (2007-08-14)

Drug control efforts in Mexico reduce methamphetamine treatment admissions in Mexico and US
A study published today in the scientific journal Addiction shows that the Mexican government's recent efforts to control the manufacture of methamphetamine have caused a drop in methamphetamine treatment admissions in Mexico and in neighboring Texas. (2010-08-05)

The science Of Breaking Bad: Would you know if meth was cooked inside your house?
Researchers analysed the contamination levels in household items from a home suspected to have previously been used for cooking methamphetamine, to determine whether surface wipe samples can adequately establish contamination and define the health risks. Results demonstrate methamphetamine has continued to mobilise after manufacture for a period exceeding five years when the property was under new ownership. (2019-10-08)

Effects of meth use on brain metabolism, sleep studied
Washington State University sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of chronic methamphetamine use on brain metabolism and sleep. The two-year, $395,577 grant comes from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the NIH. (2014-02-28)

Methamphetamine withdrawal associated with brain changes seen in mood disorders
Results of a new study indicate that people who have recently stopped abusing the powerfully addictive drug methamphetamine may have brain abnormalities similar to those seen in people with mood disorders. The findings suggest practitioners could improve success rates for methamphetamine users receiving addiction treatment by also providing therapy for depression and anxiety in appropriate individuals. (2004-01-05)

OHSU Emergency Department reports fewer meth-related visits following 2006 'anti-meth' legislation
The number of methamphetamine-related emergency room visits decreased significantly in the year following the implementation of Oregon's law prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter decongestant containing pseudoephedrine, according to Oregon Health & Science Emergency Department physician-researchers. (2010-06-05)

Co-addiction of meth and opioids hinders treatment
A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that methamphetamine use was associated with more than twice the risk for dropping out of treatment for opioid-use disorder. (2019-12-09)

Injured methamphetamine users stay in the hospital longer and have higher hospital charges
Trauma patients who test positive for methamphetamine are more likely to be admitted to the hospital and have significantly higher hospital costs, according to an article in the August issue of The Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-08-09)

Toward a vaccine for methamphetamine abuse
Scientists are reporting development of three promising formulations that could be used in a vaccine to treat methamphetamine addiction -- one of the most serious drug abuse problems in the US The report appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2011-05-11)

Brain region recovery possible in former methamphetamine users
Adaptive changes in chemical activity in certain regions of the brain of former methamphetamine users who have not used the drug for a year or more suggest some recovery of neuronal structure and function, according to an article in the April issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-04-04)

Natural compound mitigates effects of methamphetamine abuse, University of Missouri researchers find
Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that resveratrol may also block the effects of the highly addictive drug, methamphetamine. (2013-11-19)

Methamphetamine use increases risks of artery tears and stroke
Methamphetamine use may be associated with increased risks of major neck artery tears and stroke, according to an article published in the December 26, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2006-12-25)

Imaging examines risky decision making on brains of methamphetamine users
Methamphetamine users showed less sensitivity to risk and reward in one region of the brain and greater sensitivity in other brain regions compared with non-users when performing an exercise involving risky decision making. (2014-05-21)

New study suggests ovarian hormone may make drug withdrawal symptoms worse for women
Researchers found that a form of the estrogen hormone can contribute to drug relapse in females by worsening withdrawal symptoms. The study looked at the interaction of the female sex hormone estradiol and methamphetamine. (2018-06-18)

Common treatment for methamphetamine overdose may damage brain cells
A common antipsychotic drug used in emergency rooms to treat methamphetamine overdose damages nerve cells in an area of the brain known to regulate movement, a new study shows. (2007-05-29)

CAMH study suggests increased risk of schizophrenia in heavy methamphetamine users
In the first worldwide study of its kind, scientists from Toronto's Center for Addiction and Mental Health found evidence that heavy methamphetamine users might have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This finding was based on a large study comparing the risk among methamphetamine users not only to a group that did not use drugs, but also to heavy users of other drugs. (2011-11-08)

$1.7 million NIH grant to Wayne State to discover treatments for methamphetamine-abuse
A Wayne State University professor recently received a nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to explore whether proteasome and parkin -- two components of the ubiquitin-proteasome system -- are potential pharmaceutical drug targets that can be manipulated to promote survival and recovery of dopaminergic terminals after binge and chronic administration of toxic doses of methamphetamine. (2014-04-07)

Club drugs inflict damage similar to traumatic brain injury
University of Florida researchers say certain club drugs trigger a chemical chain reaction in the brain similar to what occurs during traumatic brain injury, leading to cell death, memory loss and potentially irreversible brain damage. (2007-11-29)

Methamphetamine drug abuse may lead to long-term brain damage
Methamphetamine, also known as speed, crank, crystal or ice, causes brain cell damage evident long after drug abuse has stopped, according to a study published in the March 28 issue of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology's scientific journal. (2000-03-26)

A rat's brain, on and off methamphetamine
Drug addiction is a vicious cycle of reward and withdrawal. Chronic users often relapse because of the unpleasant physical and psychological symptoms they experience when they stop taking the drug. Now, researchers report in the Journal of Proteome Research metabolic changes in the brains of rats during methamphetamine self-administration and withdrawal that could help identify biomarkers and treatments for addiction. (2019-10-16)

One hit of crystal meth causes birth defects: U of T study
A single prenatal dose of methamphetamine - commonly known as speed - may be enough to cause long-term neurodevelopmental problems in babies, say University of Toronto researchers. (2005-07-26)

Flies on speed offer insight into the roles of dopamine in sleep and arousal
Methamphetamine, the drug of choice for long-distance truckers and college students pulling all-nighters, appears to do a similar trick for fruit flies, too. This finding is one of several in a new study that demonstrates a critical role for the neurotransmitter dopamine in the modulation of sleep, wake, and arousal states. (2005-07-11)

First human tests of antidepressant bupropion as methamphetamine addiction treatment hold promise
A new study led by researchers at UCLA's Semel Institute suggests the antidepressant bupropion may help treat methamphetamine addiction. No medications presently are approved for treating methamphetamine addicts. (2005-11-28)

Increased risk of Parkinson's disease in methamphetamine users, CAMH study finds
People who abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those who did not, in a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2011-07-26)

Methamphetamine abuse linked to long-term damage to brain cells
National Institute on Drug Abuse research shows that those who use methamphetamine, often called (2000-03-26)

Methamphetamine use cost the US about $23 billion in 2005, RAND study estimates
The first-ever comprehensive national assessment of the economic burden of methamphetamine use in the United States finds the drug cost the United States $23.4 billion in 2005, including the burden of addiction, premature death, drug treatment and many other aspects of the drug. (2009-02-04)

UCLA researchers identify a potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction
The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, is potentially a very promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction, UCLA researchers report. (2015-05-19)

Comparison of cocaine and methamphetamine 'highs' finds differences in onset, pattern and duration
Investigators at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA examining responses to cocaine and methamphetamine use find distinct differences in onset, pattern and duration. (2005-08-24)

Stress steroid mediated withdrawal anxiety in dependent rats reversible by flumazenil
SUNY Downstate Medical Center announced today that Sheryl Smith, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology, has published new findings demonstrating a reproducible pathology that may help shed light on anxiety and mood volatility in methamphetamine dependence. (2013-10-07)

Drug abuse treatment slashes HIV-related sex behaviors in urban meth addicts
A randomized, controlled study evaluated the effectiveness of four behavioral drug abuse treatments in reducing methamphetamine use and HIV-related sexual risk behaviors among 162 gay and bisexual methamphetamine addicts in Los Angeles County. Treatment produced immediate, three-fold reductions in methamphetamine use and in risky sexual behavior. Gains from treatment were generally maintained over a yearlong observation period. (2005-03-10)

Children exposed to methamphetamine before birth have increased cognitive problems
Youngsters exposed to methamphetamine before birth had increased cognitive problems at age 7.5 years, highlighting the need for early intervention to improve academic outcomes and reduce the potential for negative behaviors. (2014-03-18)

Crystal methamphetamine use increases HIV risk
The use of crystal methamphetamine by men who have sex with men (MSM) increases the risk of HIV transmission and can cause complications in those who are already HIV-positive, according to an article in the March 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2004-03-02)

TSRI study shows how exercise could reduce relapse during meth withdrawal
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found that even brief workouts can reduce the risk of relapse in rats withdrawing from methamphetamine. In addition, the team found that exercise affected the neurons in a brain region that had never before been associated with meth withdrawal, suggesting a new direction for drug development. (2014-11-03)

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