Crystalline methamphetamine: risks, harms and interventions

In recent years, concerns about crystalline methamphetamine use have increased in multiple countries. Taking the drug regularly can lead to dependence, anxiety, depression, psychosis and, in some cases, overdose deaths. In this podcast, Raj Persaud talks to Professor Michael Farrell about these associated harms, and the possible preventative strategies that can be adopted.

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Date published: 28 July 2016

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Michael Farrell

Audio running time: 19 minutes

Credits: 0.5

 

Learning outcomes

 

By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:

 

  • the common effects of taking crystalline methamphetamine

 

  • the psychological risks associated with taking the drug

 

  • preventative measures and interventions that can be effective

 

  • effective ways of communicating with patients and young people about this drug.

 

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Module Stimulants: epidemiology and impact on mental health by Professor Fabrizio Schifano and Dr Antonio Albanese

 

RCPsych book The Drug Conversation: How to talk to your child about drugs by Dr Owen Bowden-Jones

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