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August 5, 2009

Methamphetamine: Risk Factors

There are an assortment of methamphetamine risk factors that make someone more likely to try and become a meth addict.  Researchers at the University of Alberta found that teens who have never done drugs before, but engage themselves in other risky behaviors, such as sexual activity, drinking, and smoking are more likely to start using methamphetamine.  Their results also showed that among teens already using other drugs, the ones with unstable family environments will be more likely to use crystal meth.  The researchers divided adolescences involved in the study into two groups: low risk (no prior drug use) and high risk (prior drug use or spent time at a juvenile detention center).  In the low risk group, their results supported the conclusion that boys were more likely to try methamphetamine compared to girls and that being bisexual or homosexual was also a risk factor for meth.  In the high risk group, girls were more likely to use crystal meth compared to boys.  Also, a family history of alcohol abuse was linked to meth use, but drinking alone was not a risk factor.  Additionally, strict parental monitoring was found to be protective against methamphetamine use.  The research done by the University of Alberta was quite useful in determining which risk factors are associated with meth use, and how prevention can be used to attack the problem of methamphetamine at another angle.

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  1. good article, I am writing a paper for my health class and this helped alot thx!

    Comment by samantha — September 4, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

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