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Methamphetamine

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Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant drug that is similar in structure to amphetamine. Due to its high potential for abuse, methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug and is available only through a prescription that cannot be refilled. Although methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor, its medical uses are limited, and the doses that are prescribed are much lower than those typically abused. Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic superlabs, although it can also be made in small, illegal laboratories, where its production endangers the people in the labs, neighbors, and the environment. Learn more

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Methamphetamine for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2013 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Methamphetamine Lifetime 1.40 1.60 1.50
Past Year 1.00 1.00 0.90
Past Month 0.40 0.40 0.40

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Methamphetamine for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2013 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Methamphetamine Lifetime 4.7 0.5 3.0 5.5
Past Year 0.5 0.3 0.9 0.4
Past Month 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.2

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Methamphetamine (Research Reports)

Published April 1998. Revised September 2013. Provides an overview of the latest scientific findings on methamphetamine, including short- and long-term health consequences, effects on pregnancy, and potential prevention and treatment options. En Español

Methamphetamine (DrugFacts)

Published March 2010. Revised January 2014. Provides facts about the stimulant drug methamphetamine, including how it affects the brain, other adverse health effects, possible treatment options, and trends and data on its use among youth. En Español

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Revised July 2010. Offers basic facts about club drugs (GHB, ketamine, and rohypnol), including how they affect the brain and other parts of the body, treatment options, and how widespread the use is of these drugs. En Español

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Methamphetamine (Mind Over Matter)

Published October 2000. Explains how methamphetamine acts in the body and the brain and what happens with long-term use of the drug. En Español

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    Provides an overview of the latest scientific findings on methamphetamine, including short- and long-term health consequences, effects on pregnancy, and potential prevention and treatment options.

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