Latest news: 06-30-2010
Dental school gets $1.86 million from NIH to study "Meth-Mouth"
CA - The abuse of methamphetamine a powerful and highly addictive psychostimulant that is toxic to the nervous system has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that more than 10 million Americans have tried methamphetamine, while more than 1.4 million are habitual users. Long-term use of the drug can lead to devastating medical, psychological and social consequences, including mood disturbances, violent behavior, an increased risk of contracting infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and higher rates of crime, unemployment, and child abuse and neglect. It can also result in a uniquely accelerated form of extensive dental disease known as "meth mouth."
Missouri still leads nation in meth lab busts
MO - For the second year in a row, Missouri had more meth busts and meth dump site discoveries than any other state. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 486 methamphetamine-related "incidents" through March, with the next nearest state being Mississippi with 337. Missouri accounts for nearly one-quarter of the nationwide total of 2,107 meth incidents, and the leading county in the leading state is Jefferson County.
Study points to success of meth treatment programs
MT - Montana's methamphetamine treatment programs are a resounding success during their first three years of operation, according to a study conducted by University of Montana Associate Professor Tim Conley. Of the nearly 300 offenders who completed the nine-month programs, none have been convicted of another drug-related offense, the newly released report found. In addition, researchers found the rate at which offenders complete the treatment programs has increased significantly "despite substantially more referrals of high-risk offenders directly from prison." Since a report by Conley two years ago, the completion rate improved from 71 percent to 82 percent. The report attributed this change to an "increasing level of competence at providing treatment services to very challenging treatment population."
More young pregnant moms treated for meth abuse
WA - Among pregnant teens admitted for substance abuse treatment, the proportion treated for meth abuse more than quadrupled -- from 4.3 percent to 18.8 percent -- between 1992 and 2007, while admission rates for marijuana abuse more than doubled, from 19.3 percent to 45.9 percent, a new government study shows. During that same time, admission rates for alcohol abuse dropped from 44.1 percent to 20.3 percent of all pregnant teen admissions, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That means that marijuana is now the primary cause of admission to substance abuse treatment among pregnant teens.