methamphetamine

Featured News: Number of Inmates With Meth Addiction Jumps in Rural Jails

The proportion of inmates in jails with a moderate to severe stimulant use disorder—including addiction to methamphetamine—has surged in recent years, a study presented at the recent American Society of Addiction Medicine annual meeting suggests. The study of inmates in two jails in rural North Carolina found over seven times…

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. A stroke caused by a bleed into the brain (haemorrhagic) rather than…

States Report Resurgence of Meth in Rural Areas

Officials in a number of states are reporting a resurgence of meth, particularly in rural areas, NBC News reports. Ohio, Texas, Montana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Iowa and South Dakota have seen an increase in meth use. Law enforcement officials and health workers say meth doesn’t get as much attention as opioids, because it kills slowly…

Oxytocin reduces cravings for methamphetamine

Many people have suggested that addiction hijacks the body’s natural drives in the service of compulsive drug use. A new study now suggests that hijacking another natural system in the brain may help overcome drug addiction. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that administration of oxytocin — a naturally…

Experimental small molecule shows potential in preventing meth relapse

New research from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) suggests that the reason methamphetamine users find it so hard to quit — 88 percent of them relapse, even after rehab — is that meth takes advantage of the brain’s natural learning process. The TSRI study in rodent models shows that ceasing…