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Health Outcomes Associated With Methamphetamine Use Among Young People: A Systematic Review

May 27, 2010

The authors noted that methamphetamine (MA) use among young people is a significant social, economic, and public health concern for affected communities as well as policymakers. A strong base of scientific evidence is needed to craft effective public health interventions in response.

The researchers conducted a systematic review to identify scientific studies of health outcomes associated with MA use among persons ages 10 to 24. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) was used to categorize outcomes and determine the level of evidence for each series of harms.

In all, 47 eligible studies were identified for review. The results showed consistent associations between MA use and several mental health outcomes, including

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