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Drug Alcohol Rev. 2008 May;27(3):253-62. doi: 10.1080/09595230801923702.

Major physical and psychological harms of methamphetamine use.

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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

ISSUES:

The major physical and psychological health effects of methamphetamine use, and the factors associated with such harms.

APPROACH:

Comprehensive review.

KEY FINDINGS:

Physical harms reviewed included toxicity and mortality, cardiovascular/cerebrovascular pathology, dependence and blood-borne virus transmission. Psychological harms include methamphetamine psychosis, depression, suicide, anxiety and violent behaviours.

IMPLICATIONS:

While high-profile health consequences, such as psychosis, are given prominence in the public debate, the negative sequelae extend far beyond this. This is a drug class that causes serious heart disease, has serious dependence liability and high rates of suicidal behaviours.

CONCLUSION:

The current public image of methamphetamine does not portray adequately the extensive, and in many cases insidious, harms caused.

PMID:
18368606
DOI:
10.1080/09595230801923702
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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