Effects of methamphetamine abuse beyond individual users

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Steve Ryan, Katherine Hansen, Brad Hullsiek, Victoria Muli, A. Cate Malone

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Since 1997, the use of methamphetamine as a drug of abuse has been widespread in the United States. While several forms of amphetamine are useful in some areas of medicine, methamphetamine as an abused substance is associated with severe and multifaceted consequences. Problems associated with the abuse of amphetamine and its derivatives such as methamphetamine have been well documented. As the manufacture and use of methamphetamine across the United States has increased, the impact of methamphetamine abuse has been felt beyond individual users; families as well as communities can be seriously affected. An increase in child neglect and violence as well as a lack of resources for health care, social services, and law enforcement because of methamphetamine abuse have been reported by many communities. This study examines the historical spread of methamphetamine misuse in the United States and the resulting individual, social, and environmental consequences. A public health perspective on family, community, and social aspects is offered, and ideas for future research and policy changes are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Effects
  • Exposure
  • History
  • Methamphetamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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