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)
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • addictive stimulant
  • dependence
  • methamphetamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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