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Methamphetamine epidemic hits middle America

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:382
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Methamphetamine misuse, involving cooking up the drug in kitchens and makeshift laboratories, is overwhelming hospitals and police departments in the United States, particularly in small towns in rural parts of the West and Midwest.

    The drug can be produced from easily available household products and from cold medicines that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. It can be smoked, injected, snorted, or eaten. Smoking or injecting gives the fastest effect.

    Last month the National Association of Counties, which represents county governments, issued a report on how methamphetamine misuse was affecting hospital emergency rooms and treatment programmes. The report was based on two surveys of …

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