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Methamphetamine Abuse and Health Implications in Corrections Legal Developments  

Author:  James H.  Clare, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Source: Volume 07, Number 04, May/June 2006 , pp.49-53(5)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Methamphetamine (meth) abuse as once limited to a very narrow segment of the United States population. But in the last decade, it has infiltrated much of rural and suburban America. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 4% to 5% of the United States population and up to 8% of high school seniors have used illicit meth. Many communities now consider it their most serious drug problem. This article will provide an overview of the meth problem and its relationship to correctional health care.

Keywords: Class II,dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, Amphetamine, limbic system, Sudafed, Pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, anhedonia, xerostomia

Affiliations:  1: North Carolina Department of Correction.

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