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Methamphetamine-related Emergency Visits on Rise, SAMHSA Reports

A new report on emergency department (ED) visits for adverse health events associated with illicit use of methamphetamine, with its high potential for abuse and addiction, suggests that unlawful use of the drug is on the rise. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) conducted an analysis to assess the prevalence ED visits related to illicit use of methamphetamine from 2007 to 2011. Findings showed that ED visits jumped dramatically from 67,954 in 2007 to 102,961 in 2011. In addition, 62% of the methamphetamine-related ED visits in 2011...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

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