Clinical Effects and Management of Methamphetamine Abuse

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Abstract

Methamphetamine is a highly potent and addictive drug that is abused in the United States and around the world. The drug is inexpensive and easily manufactured from simple chemicals such as pseudoephedrine. These features, coupled with its long half-life and highly addictive nature, contribute to the increasing problem of illicit methamphetamine use. Abuse of this agent has both acute and chronic serious health consequences. Policy makers and public health officials must continue to develop programs that educate the public and limit the abuse associated with methamphetamine.

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