100992: Methamphetamine

Abuse and Addiction

About the Course:

As part of our Methamphetamine Research Initiative, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has developed this publication to provide an overview of the latest scientific findings on this drug. Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive stimulant associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, aggression, psychotic
behavior, and potential heart and brain damage; it also contributes
to increased transmission of hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. One of NIDA’s most important goals is to translate what scientists learn from research to
help the public better understand drug abuse and addiction and
to develop more effective strategies for their prevention and treatment.
This compilation of scientific information about methamphetamine is intended to help inform readers about the harmful effects of methamphetamine abuse and assist in prevention and treatment efforts.

Journal/Publisher:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

Revised 2006

Author

NIDA Staff

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about methamphetamine abuse and addiction. It is appropriate for an introductory level to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain what methamphetamine is, how it is used, and the scope of its use in the U.S.

  2. Describe the short- and long-term effects of methamphetamine and the medical complications involved in its abuse.

  3. Identify available treatments for methamphetamine abuse.

  4. Effectively utilize sources of additional scientific information regarding methamphetamine abuse.

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