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.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Methamphetamine: Abuse and Addiction created by NIDA Staff
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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NIDA Staff authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
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.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Explain what methamphetamine is, how it is used, and the scope of its use in the U.S.
Describe the short- and long-term effects of methamphetamine and the medical complications involved in its abuse.
Identify available treatments for methamphetamine abuse.
Effectively utilize sources of additional scientific information regarding methamphetamine abuse.
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Planners and Reviewers
The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.
Faculty: Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
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