Evidence-Based Treatment of Amphetamine Dependence: Behavioral and Pharmacological Approaches

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


Amphetamine dependence in general, and methamphetamine in particular, is a significant public-health concern (Drug and Alcohol Services Information System [DASIS], 2004). In 2005, over 500,000 Americans age 12 or older reported current methamphetamine use (National Survey on Drug Use and Health [NSDUH], 2006). Methamphetamine use was linked to approximately 73,400 emergency room visits in 2004 (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration [SAMHSA], 2006c). Methamphetamine dependence is associated with significant morbidity in that users often suffer from mental illness, malnutrition, tremors, heart and lung problems, and infection at injection sites as well as irregular periods and miscarriages in women (Hando, Topp, & Hall, 1997; Richards et al., 1999). Facial and ocular burns result from methamphetamine production accidents and account for up to 10% of admissions to burn-care units (Charukamnoetkanok & Wagoner, 2004). Methamphetamine use varies by region, with western states having higher per capita use (SAMHSA, 2006b). However, methamphetamine has been identified as a threat for the eastern United States suggesting that drug use and production may be spreading (National Drug Intelligence Center, 2006) (Table 16.1).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPharmacology and Treatment of Substance Abuse
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-and Outcome-Based Perspectives
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781135704018
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2009 by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Evidence-Based Treatment of Amphetamine Dependence: Behavioral and Pharmacological Approaches'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this