Clinical and socioeconomic differences in methamphetamine-positive burn patients - Solomon EA, Greenhalgh DG, Sen S, Palmieri TL, Romanowski KS.
Previous research on burn patients who test positive for methamphetamines (meth) has yielded mixed results regarding whether meth-positive status leads to worse outcomes and longer hospitalizations. We hypothesized that meth-positive patients at our region... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Study of methamphetamine use in patients referred to emergency ward of a general hospital at north of Iran in 2017 - Hadinezhad P, Zarghami M, Montazer H, Moosazadeh M, Ghaderi F.
BACKGROUND: Acute use of methamphetamine affects the sympathetic system and causes symptoms like tachycardia, hypertension (HTN), tachypnea, peripheral blood vessels constriction, hyperthermia, and mydriasis that can lead to many medical complications. Thu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Drug Overdose Deaths Finally Dropped in 2018, Preliminary Data Say
After some promising early indicators, preliminary federal data suggest the number of Americans who died from drug overdoses finally fell in 2018, after years of significant increases. Provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics predicted that 68,500 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2018, compared to about 72,000 the year before. That translates to an approximately 5% reduction in overdose deaths nationwide—a small but significant step toward curbing the deadly effects of the nation’s substance abuse crisis. Opioids, as in years past...
Source: TIME: Health - July 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized onetime public health Source Type: news

Is there a discrete negative symptom syndrome in people who use methamphetamine? - Voce A, Burns R, Castle D, Calabria B, McKetin R.
BACKGROUND: Positive psychotic symptoms have consistently been associated with methamphetamine use but the presence of a negative symptom cluster remains unclear. We used exploratory factor analysis to examine whether a discrete negative syndrome could be ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Methamphetamine-induced lung injury - McCarthy E, McClain E.
Methamphetamine is a substance of abuse that is most commonly smoked. Both regular and non-regular use can cause toxic injury to the lung parenchyma, the signs and symptoms of which are non-specific. Clinical scenarios include non-cardiac pulmonary oedema,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Perceived factors influencing the initiation of methamphetamine use among Akha and Lahu youths: a qualitative approach - Chomchoei C, Apidechkul T, Wongnuch P, Tamornpark R, Upala P, Nongkhai MPN.
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine use not only impacts health and the economy but also causes social impairment, particularly among the poorly educated and underprivileged young populations among the hill tribes in northern Thailand. Youths are the most vulnerab... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Dutch Police Seize 2.5 Tons of Meth, in Largest European Haul of Drug Dutch Police Seize 2.5 Tons of Meth, in Largest European Haul of Drug
Dutch police said on Wednesday they had seized 2.5 tons of methamphetamine, in what they said was the largest haul of the drug to date in Europe, with a street value estimated in the"hundreds of millions of euros."Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

New HIV cases spike in Multnomah County
After declining for five years, HIV infections have suddenly risen in Multnomah County, especially among people who use methamphetamine or injection drugs, health officials said Thursday. In the last 18 months, they’ve identified 42 cases among people who report injection drug use as a risk. That compares to 25 total for 2016 and 2017 that had injection drug use for a factor. Half of the new cases previously had tested negative, suggesting these are new infections. “This numbe r of cases in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 21, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Burn injuries resulting from methamphetamine and honey oil explosions: a retrospective cohort study - Neeki MM, Dong F, Youssef D, Liu B, Lee C, Burgett-Moreno M, Rippe E, Wong D, Borger R.
This study aims to compare patient outcomes resulting from burn injuries ass... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Recreational drugs and outcomes in trauma patients - Fujii Q, McCague A.
The objective of the study is to determine if marijuana, methamphetamine, or cocaine is associated with worse outcomes following trauma. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted on 731 trauma patients. Data collected ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Federal Grants Restricted To Fighting Opioids Miss The Mark, States Say
While federal funding is helping rural communities address the opioid epidemic, drug addictions can encompass multiple substances. In 11 states, opioids were responsible for less than half of drug overdose deaths, as use of substances like methamphetamine are on the rise. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 13, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New Government Estimates Offer Early Hope That Drug Overdose Deaths Are Waning
After years of sharp increases in fatal drug overdoses in the U.S., provisional federal data provide reason for cautious optimism. The drug overdose death rate dropped slightly between 2017 and 2018, according to the new estimates, after two decades of near-constant upticks. Between 1999 and 2017 the age-adjusted overdose mortality rate increased from 6.1 to 21.7 deaths per 100,000 people, according to federal data. According to data released June 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), that number dropped to an estimated 20.8 deaths per 100,000 for the 12 ...
Source: TIME: Health - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized data visualization public health Source Type: news

Methamphetamine-related post-mortem cases in Bangkok, Thailand - Prakobsrikul P, Srisont S, Jinawath A, Boonkrem M.
This study investigated variables associated with methamphetamine-related deaths in Thailand. METHODS: This study used data obtained from methamphetamine-related autopsy cases over a six-year period from 2011 to 2016. From the data av... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Effectiveness of methamphetamine abuse treatment: predictors of treatment completion and comparison of two residential treatment programs - Kamp F, Proebstl L, Hager L, Schreiber A, Riebschl äger M, Neumann S, Straif M, Schacht-Jablonowsky M, Manz K, Soyka M, Koller G.
This study therefore evaluates the efficacy of two residential treatment programs for methamphetamine users. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid overdose victims die with other substances in their system
About 82 percent of deaths that involved opioids also and included other substances like cocaine or methamphetamine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Non-Rx Fentanyl Up in Urine Tests Positive for Other Drugs
TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 -- An increasing number of urine drug test (UDT) results positive for cocaine or methamphetamine are also positive for nonprescribed fentanyl, according to a study recently published in JAMA Network Open. Leah LaRue, Pharm.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The residential status of children whose parents are in treatment for methamphetamine use - Robinson LD, Kelly PJ, Deane FP, Townsend ML.
This study explores whether MA use in parents attending residential treatment service... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A meta-analysis of the relationship between abstinence and neuropsychological functioning in methamphetamine use disorder - Basterfield C, Hester R, Bowden SC.
BACKGROUND: The potential influence of methamphetamine use on neuropsychological functioning is unclear. The aim of this this meta-analysis was to investigate the relationship between abstinence and neuropsychological functioning in people with methampheta... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Prevalence and risk factors of emergency department presentations with methamphetamine intoxication or dependence: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Sibanda NC, Kornhaber R, Hunt GE, Morley K, Cleary M.
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine intoxication presentations to emergency departments (EDs) including trauma centres, general EDs and psychiatric emergency services have risen world-wide. OBJECTIVES: A review of the clinical characteristics of patients p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Orthopaedic injury profiles in methamphetamine users: a retrospective observational study - Trasolini N, Kang H, Carney J, Rounds A, Murrietta A, Marecek GS.
INTRODUCTION: We sought to characterize the prevalence of methamphetamine (MA) abuse and associated orthopaedic injury patterns at our level 1 trauma center. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all orthopaedic consults for the year 2016... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Psychostimulants Tied to 1 in 5 Fatal Strokes in Young Adults Psychostimulants Tied to 1 in 5 Fatal Strokes in Young Adults
Psychostimulants like methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA have been tied to a significantly increased risk of fatal stroke in young adults, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - April 15, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Psychostimulants play a major role in fatal strokes among young adults
(Wiley) 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. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Alcohol interaction with cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids, nicotine, cannabis, and γ-hydroxybutyric acid - Singh AK.
Millions of people around the world drink alcoholic beverages to cope with the stress of modern lifestyle. Although moderate alcohol drinking may have some relaxing and euphoric effects, uncontrolled drinking exacerbates the problems associated with alcoho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Risk factors and an early prediction model for persistent methamphetamine-related psychiatric symptoms - Zhang Y, Sun Y, Yu Z, Sun Y, Chang X, Lu L, Chang S, Shi J.
Methamphetamine (MA)-related psychiatric symptoms (MAP) are serious comorbidities of MA use and result in many social problems such as violence and suicide. We investigated the sociodemographic and genetic risk factors for persistent MAP of MA users (MUs) ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Cocaine, meth on rise in Pennsylvania's early warning areas
Pennsylvania appears to be reflecting national trends in drug abuse, as methamphetamine and cocaine rises while prescription drug and heroin deaths level off in some areas (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More Babies Are Being Born With Syphilis. Blame Meth and Opioids.
Details the connection between drug use, the opioid epidemic, and the significant rise in syphilis and syphilis among newborns, or congenital syphilis. Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic and a related methamphetamine spike are also the location of some of the steepest increases in syphilis. Congenital syphilis can cause deformities, severe anemia, an enlarged liver and spleen, jaundice or brain and nerve problems like blindness or deafness, and up to 40% may be stillborn or die as a newborn. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Using a fotonovela to battle crystal meth in South Africa - Davis B, Jansen C.
This study evaluated the effects of a health-related fotonovela about crystal meth (S-methamphetamine hydrochloride) among "Colored" people (an ethnic label for people of mixed race) in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Crystal meth use is most co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Increased methamphetamine, injection drug, and heroin use among women and heterosexual men with primary and secondary syphilis - United States, 2013-2017 - Kidd SE, Grey JA, Torrone EA, Weinstock HS.
During 2013-2017, the national annual rate of reported primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases in the United States increased 72.7%, from 5.5 to 9.5 cases per 100,000 population (1). The highest rates of P&S syphilis are seen among gay, bisexual, and ot... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The effect of matrix model on depression, anxiety, and quality of life in methamphetamine users and their caregivers - Masaeli N, Zarkob H, Kheirabadi G, Soleimani N, Amini M.
Subjects:  Addiction is a mental disorder that affects all aspects of life, individual health, family, and society. Methamphetamine is the second widely used illegal drug in the world, and Iran has the fifth highest prevalence of methamphetamine abuse. Thi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trump Said China Doesn ’t Have a Drug Problem. The Data Tells A Different Story
President Donald Trump on Friday said that China does not have a drug problem, and suggested that the U.S. should emulate its harsh drug-regulation tactics — but data from China tells a different story. Trump spoke in the White House Rose Garden Friday to announce that he would declare a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall without Congressional approval. During the address, Trump also spoke about the ongoing substance abuse epidemic in the U.S., and referred to conversations he had with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who Trump said told him that China did not have a drug problem because it could use th...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized China Fentanyl healthytime onetime Source Type: news

CDC: Heterosexual Syphilis Transmission Up for Drug Users
FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 -- A substantial proportion of heterosexual syphilis transmission seems to be occurring among those who use drugs, especially methamphetamine, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Meth Abuse Contributing To Significant Increase In Cases Of Syphilis, Study Finds
New research from the CDC reveals that a recent spike in syphilis cases among persons living in the U.S. may be the result of methamphetamine and injection drug use. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Increased Methamphetamine, Injection Drug, and Heroin Use Among Women and Heterosexual Men with Primary and Secondary Syphilis --- United States, 2013--2017
During 2013-2017, reported methamphetamine, injection drug, and heroin use increased substantially among women and heterosexual men with primary and secondary syphilis. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 14, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Acute-Care Hospitals Influenza (Flu) Influenza Vaccination MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Overdose Pain management Synthetic Opioids Syphilis (Treponema pallidum Infection) Women's Health Source Type: news

Meth Abuse Driving Big Spike in Syphilis Cases
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- A startling increase in syphilis cases among Americans may be linked to addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs, federal health officials said Thursday. Between 2013 and 2017, the rate of syphilis infection among... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New study examines the way estrogen affects methamphetamine addiction
(Medical University of South Carolina) MUSC researchers look at how methamphetamine affects female rats in a new study published January 10 eNeuro. Findings show that the drug induces different signaling changes in the brains of male rats versus their female counterparts, which may suggest there are sex-related mechanisms behind methamphetamine addiction. Delving further into these brain changes could offer insight into sex-specific treatment strategies that could offer better outcomes for people struggling with addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amphetamine-type stimulants analysis in oral fluid based on molecularly imprinting extraction - Sorribes-Soriano A, Esteve-Turrillas FA, Armenta S, Amor ós P, Herrero-Martínez JM.
A methamphetamine-based molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) has been prepared by bulk polymerization to recognize new psychoactive substances (NPS) of the amphetamine, cathinones and 2C families in oral fluid samples, being the first precedent of a synthet... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The role of sleep dysfunction in the relationship between trauma, neglect and depression in methamphetamine using men - Jones DL, Rodriguez VJ, De La Rosa A, Dietch J, Kumar M.
This study explored the potential for sleep dysfunction to influence the relationship between CT and depression in methamp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

American slaughterhouses and the need for speed: an examination of the meatpacking-methamphetamine hypothesis - Hendrix JA, Dollar CB.
In Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser argues that slaughterhouse workers use methamphetamines to manage the harsh physical and emotional demands of the meatpacking industry. Similar ideas have been raised elsewhere; however, empirical tests of this hypothesi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Neurocognitive decision-making processes of casual methamphetamine users - Droutman V, Xue F, Barkley-Levenson E, Lam HY, Bechara A, Smith B, Lu ZL, Xue G, Miller LC, Read SJ.
Neuroadaptations caused by chronic methamphetamine (MA) use are likely major contributors to high relapse rate following treatment. Thus, focusing intervention efforts at pre-empting addiction in vulnerable populations, thereby preventing MA-use-induced ne... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Methamphetamine presentations to an emergency department: management and complications - Isoardi KZ, Ayles SF, Harris K, Finch CJ, Page CB.
OBJECTIVE: There is little recent published data characterising methamphetamine intoxication. The present study aims to describe the clinical effects, management, complications and disposition of patients with methamphetamine exposure. METHODS: Thi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A'Beautiful Boy's' Struggle: What You Need To Know About Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine and other stimulant use is on the rise. Hollywood has noticed. Now the public needs to do the same. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lipi Roy, Contributor Source Type: news

The "ice" storm: problems with expert evidence on the effects of methamphetamine - Horan J, Thomas D.
There is growing community concern that methamphetamine (commonly known as Ice) is fuelling violent, erratic and criminal behaviour. Criminal prosecutions of Ice-fuelled defendants are on the rise. Scientific and medical expert evidence is being called upo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The Weaponization of Narcan
Narcan, the trade name of the opiate antidote naloxone, has become a part of the modern lexicon. It can even be found in the Urban Dictionary. Although initially a noun, it is now a widely used verb as in, “I Narcanned that patient,” or, “I Narcanned your Honor Student.” Narcan is so effective that we have even dreamed up imaginary clinical situations to administer it. YouTube is full of videos of police officers giving themselves or colleagues Narcan for suspected “fentanyl exposure.” A popular video shows a police officer giving Narcan to another officer after exposure to what was late...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Columns Source Type: news

The Weaponization of Narcan
Narcan, the trade name of the opiate antidote naloxone, has become a part of the modern lexicon. It can even be found in the Urban Dictionary. Although initially a noun, it is now a widely used verb as in, “I Narcanned that patient,” or, “I Narcanned your Honor Student.” Narcan is so effective that we have even dreamed up imaginary clinical situations to administer it. YouTube is full of videos of police officers giving themselves or colleagues Narcan for suspected “fentanyl exposure.” A popular video shows a police officer giving Narcan to another officer after exposure to what was late...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Columns Source Type: news

Teen Vaping Rises Dramatically; Drinking, Opioid Use Declines
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — Vaping among America’s teenagers continues to climb, while the use of other substances — such as alcohol and opioids — has declined in recent years, according to a new report. Monday’s report, called Monitoring the Future, comes from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and is based on an annual survey of drug and alcohol use and attitudes among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders in the United States. This year’s survey included 44,482 students from 392 public and private schools across the country. Behind drinking...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN opioid abuse vaping Source Type: news

Meth Playing Bigger Role in US Drug Overdose Crisis
NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The percentage of overdose deaths involving meth grew from less than 5 percent to nearly 11 percent. Meth is not the main killer among illicit drugs. Fentanyl was involved in the highest percentage of fatal overdoses in 2016, followed by heroin and cocaine. Meth was fourth. But it was only eighth as recently as 2012. It's not clear wh...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Meth Playing Bigger Role in US Drug Overdose Crisis
NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The percentage of overdose deaths involving meth grew from less than 5 percent to nearly 11 percent. Meth is not the main killer among illicit drugs. Fentanyl was involved in the highest percentage of fatal overdoses in 2016, followed by heroin and cocaine. Meth was fourth. But it was only eighth as recently as 2012. It's not clear wh...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Meth playing bigger role in US drug overdose crisis
Methamphetamine is playing a bigger role in the U.S. drug overdose crisis, officials say (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

A review of risk factors for methamphetamine-related psychiatric symptoms - Chang X, Sun Y, Zhang Y, Muhai J, Lu L, Shi J.
The illegal use of methamphetamine (MA) is a growing public health concern globally and results in a series of negative effects. The prominent detrimental effect of MA use is MA-related psychiatric symptoms (MAP) and is observed at a much higher incidence ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Meth, Opioid Use in Pregnancy on the Rise
THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 -- Methamphetamine and opioid use has soared among pregnant American women, putting the health of baby and mother at risk, a new study finds. While addiction among pregnant women has dramatically increased across the country,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news