Back With a Vengeance: The Reappearance of Methamphetamine and its Implications for Health Care Providers

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Abstract

A great deal of attention has been placed on the opioid epidemic that the United States is currently experiencing; however, a resurgence in methamphetamine (METH) use has been occurring during the past 5 years. METH is an addictive stimulant that primarily affects the central nervous system by increasing dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Ranking second to opioids, METH use has had a significant impact on mortality, morbidity, and health-related costs and remains a serious public health problem in the United States. Individuals who use METH often use an emergency department or community-based organization for health care. Therefore, nurses and other health care providers must be knowledgeable about the harmful physical and psychological health effects of METH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-488
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

Keywords

  • addictive stimulant
  • dependence
  • methamphetamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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