Methamphetamine Abuse: Introduction
Methamphetamine (Meth) is a highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Methamphetamine has been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II stimulant, which makes it legally available only through a nonrefillable prescription. Medically it may be indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and as a short-term component of weight-loss treatments, but these uses are limited and it is rarely prescribed; also, the prescribed doses are far lower than those typically abused. Meth abuse imposes significant societal and economic cost.
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