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Addict Behav. 2004 Jan;29(1):89-106.

Methamphetamine use behaviors and gender differences.

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Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles, 1640 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA.


This analysis describes methamphetamine (MA) use behaviors in a broad cross-section of (N=350) former clients from a large publicly funded treatment system and examines differences between males and females in drug use history, MA initiation and motivators, MA-related problems, acquisition, distribution, manufacture, and treatment characteristics. Results show polydrug use, prolonged MA use before treatment, initiation primarily through friends, common sensation-seeking motivators (to have fun, get high, and experiment), numerous problems related to MA use (including paranoia, violent behavior, hallucinations, financial problems, and legal and work problems), and a majority who have sold MA. Gender differences appear in selected aspects of motivators and routes of initiation, access to MA, use patterns, and MA-related problems. Such description of behaviors and gender differences can provide a basis for development of treatment strategies and points of departure for future research.

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