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Effects of Methamphetamine: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Models

General Overview and Fact Sheets

  • This guide addresses a wide range of questions on methamphetamine including how methamphetamine is made, its effects, treatment, and strategies to combat its use and abuse.

    Institute for Intergovernmental Research. (n.d.). The methamphetamine problem: A question and answer guide. Retrieved February 11, 2008, from http://www.iir.com/centf/guide.htm
  • This fact sheet provides an overview on methamphetamine, the extent of use, health effects, treatment, arrests and sentencing, production and trafficking, legislation and links to other sources.

    Office of National Drug Control Policy. (2008, January 31). Facts and figures: Methamphetamine.Retrieved February 11, 2008, from http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/methamphetamine/index.html
  • This fact sheet presents basic information about methamphetamine and features 3 studies on prevalence.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse and Health. (2006, November). NIDA Info Facts: Methamphetamine. Retrieved February 11, 2008, from http://www.drugabuse.gov/pdf/infofacts/Methamphetamine06.pdf (PDF - 360 KB)
  • This is a power point presentation that provides a brief overview on methamphetamine, including effects on the individual and impact on the community.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (n.d.). Meth: What’s cooking in your neighborhood? Retrieved February 4, 2008, from http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/multimedia/mediaDetails.aspx?ID=362

Prevention and Intervention

  • This report provides information about existing methamphetamine related education programs in Alaska.

    Alaska Meth Education Project and Four A’s. (2006, November). Alaska meth education project summary of assessment of providers. Retrieved January 23, 2008, from http://www.alaskamethed.com/images/AssessmentReport.pdf (PDF - 268 KB)
  • This brief article provides tips on effective and appropriate methamphetamine prevention strategies and activities.

    Potter, S. (2006). Best practices in methamphetamine prevention: Repackaging what we already know. Prevention Forum Magazine. Retrieved March 12, 2008, from https://www.prevention.org/inc/Publications/documents/BestPractices.pdf (PDF - 62 KB)
  • Methamphetamine education for elementary school students and their teachers is the focus of this program.

    Southeast Missouri State University. (n.d.). MEDFELS: Meth education for elementary students. Retrieved January 31, 2008, from http://www5.semo.edu/criminal/Medfels/medfels.htm
  • This guide is aimed at policymakers in the field of drug abuse prevention and focuses on these drugs: amphetamines and methamphetamine, ecstasy and methylphenidate.
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (2007, July). Preventing amphetamine-type stimulant use among young people: A policy and programming guide. Retrieved January 30, 2008, from http://www.unodc.org/pdf/youthnet/ATS.pdf (PDF - 996 KB)
  • This brochure targets teens by providing information on the effects and risks of using methamphetamine.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2006). Tips for teens: The truth about methamphetamine. Retrieved February 22, 2008, from http://download.ncadi.samhsa.gov/Prevline/pdfs/phd861.pdf (PDF - 444 KB)
  • The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation provides methamphetamine modules for prevention programs developed by its researchers. Retrieved January 28, 2008, from http://iconsortium.subst-abuse.uiowa.edu/new_ReportsPapers.html#MethMod

    This component is used at the end of the Life Skills Training Course and focuses on methamphetamine prevention with upper middle school youth.

    White, K. & Alger, M. (2005). Iowa City, IA: Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation. Life skills training component: Myths vs. realities methamphetamine component lesson plan. 

    This component is used at the end of the Strengthening Families Program Course and focuses on methamphetamine prevention with upper middle school youth.

    White, K. & Alger, M. (2005). Iowa City, IA: Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation. Strengthening families program: Myths vs. realities methamphetamine component lesson plan. 

    These curriculum materials supplement each other and consist of an activity where participants identify whether commonly heard information about methamphetamine is a myth or a reality.

    Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation. (2005). Myth or reality?

    Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation. (2005). Teacher’s guide to methamphetamine: Myths vs. realities activity.
  • The purpose of this report is to provide updated research findings on the effects of methamphetamine abuse and discuss effective prevention and treatment options.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2006, September). Methamphetamine abuse and addiction. Research Report Series. Retrieved February 19, 2008, from http://www.drugabuse.gov/PDF/RRMetham.pdf (PDF - 1,668 KB)
  • This publication is designed to encourage young people in grades five through nine to learn about the effects of drug abuse on the body and the brain.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse and Health. (2000). Mind over matter: The brain’s response to methamphetamine. Retrieved February 19, 2008, from http://teens.drugabuse.gov/mom/mom_meth1.asp

Treatment Models and Effectiveness

  • This is a multi-site initiative funded by SAMHSA/CSAT to study the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. Jointly implemented by the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Matrix Institute on Addictions, it offers information on special populations, criminal justice, research, policy, treatment and other topics.

    Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.methamphetamine.org
  • The first video provides an overview of the medical, psychological, and societal effects of methamphetamine abuse and dependence, while the second video addresses methamphetamine treatment with an emphasis on the Matrix Model, an evidence-based treatment protocol. Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.cabhp.asu.edu/treatment/buy/index.aspx

    Arizona State University, College of Human Services, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. (2004). Methamphetamine 101: Etiology and physiology of an epidemic. [Videotape].

    Arizona State University, College of Human Services, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. (2004). Methamphetamine 102: Introduction to evidence-based treatments. [Videotape].
  • University of California Los Angeles Integrated Substance Abuse Programs coordinates substance abuse research and treatment under the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital. This includes a number of Power Point presentations, findings and abstracts from their efforts. Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.uclaisap.org/

    This resource serves as a comprehensive compilation of methamphetamine background information and treatment strategies for practitioners. (3,299 - KB)

    California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs & UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. (2007). Methamphetamine treatment: A practitioner’s reference 2007.

    This manual provides several activities for 24 treatment sessions with a specific focus on gay and bisexual males who use methamphetamine.

    Shoptaw, S., Reback, C.J., Peck, J.A., Larkins, S., Freese, T.E., & Rawson, R.A. (2005). Getting off: A behavioral treatment intervention for gay and bisexual male methamphetamine users. Friends Research Institute, Inc. (3,431 – KB)

    A list of 16 Power Point presentations from a variety of presenters around the nation.

    UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs methamphetamine Power Point presentations. (1997-2007).

    There are 4 volumes focused on screening, assessment and treatment planning; elements of psychosocial treatment; addictions medications and special populations; and an administrative toolkit.

    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: Treatnet training package materials. (n.d.).
  • This article discusses methamphetamine dependence, treatment and options among women.

    Cohen, J.B., Greenberg, R., Uri, J., Halpin, M., & Sweben, J. (2007, November). Women with methamphetamine dependence: Research on etiology and treatment. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 347-352.

    Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.journalofpsychoactivedrugs.com/Tableofcontents/sarc4.html
  • This article focuses on California’s Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 and its influence on methamphetamine use and treatment.

    Anglin, M.D., Urada, D., Brecht, M.L., Hawken, A., Rawson, R., & Longshore, D. (2007, November). Criminal justice treatment admissions for methamphetamine use in California: A focus on proposition 36. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 367-382.

    Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.journalofpsychoactivedrugs.com/Tableofcontents/sarc4.html
  • This study was conducted on 30 adults who sought out treatment for their methamphetamine dependence.

    Galloway, G.P., Polcin, D., Kielstein, A., Brown, M., & Mendelson, J. (2007, November). A nine session manual of motivational enhancement therapy for methamphetamine dependence: Adherence and efficacy. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 393-400.

    Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.journalofpsychoactivedrugs.com/Tableofcontents/sarc4.html
  • This article depicts how Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services used and adapted contents of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Improvement Protocol 33 for stimulant abuse for their program.

    Hansen, J. (2007, April). One program’s transition to research-based strategies for treating methamphetamine abuse. Science and Practice Perspectives, 3(2), 29-34. Retrieved February 22, 2008, from http://www.drugabuse.gov/PDF/Perspectives/vol3no2/One.pdf (PDF - 2,745 KB)
  • The following videos are available through Washington State's Alcohol and Drug Clearinghouse. Retrieved January 30, 2008, from http://clearinghouse.adhl.org/

    A public forum in Yakima, Washington involved 13 speakers discussing methamphetamine.

    Meth madness town hall meeting-public forum on meth's potential deadly effects. (2001, October 23).[Videotape].

    This Methamphetamine Forum was held in Tacoma, Washington and focuses on methamphetamine treatment.

    Methamphetamine addiction treatment forum - part 1: Myths and facts about meth addiction.(2001, December 7). [Videotape].

    A methamphetamine forum held in Tacoma, Washington focuses on the treatment of methamphetamine.

    Methamphetamine addiction treatment forum - part 2 dealing with the issue. (2001, December 7).[Videotape].

    A drug-specific teleconference on one of the most widely abused illicit drugs in the world, methamphetamine.

    METH: What's cooking in your neighborhood? (2001). [Videotape].
  • This article depicts Wyoming’s shifting response from enforcement to treatment of individuals who use methamphetamine.

    Singh, D. (2001, May). Wyoming's methamphetamine initiative: The power of informed process. Practitioner Perspective: Onsite visits, case histories and State and Local innovations supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Retrieved January 23, 2008, from http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/bja/186266.pdf (PDF - 229 KB)
  • This study conducted telephone surveys of program directors and clinical supervisors to gather information on treatment admissions for individuals who use methamphetamine.

    Smith, R.B. & Gallati, R.J. (2005, August). Addiction treatment for methamphetamine users: A qualitative survey of selected service providers. New York, NY: New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Retrieved December 3, 2008, from http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/meth/documents/providersurvey2005.pdf (PDF - 202 KB)
  • The following research update provides a brief overview on the significance of methamphetamine use, links with HIV and treatment.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2007, March). Methamphetamine addiction: Cause for concern, hope for the future. Topics in Brief. Retrieved February 4, 2008, from http://www.drugabuse.gov/pdf/tib/meth.pdf (PDF - 79 KB)
  • This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) provides information on the effects of stimulant abuse and dependence, discusses these effects in treating individuals who use stimulants, describes treatment approaches, and recommends treatment strategies.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (1999). Treatment for stimulant use disorders: TIP 33. Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat5.chapter.57310
  • This report shows geographic distribution and treatment admission rates for methamphetamine/amphetamine and marijuana during 1995 and 2005.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. (2008, January 17). The DASIS report: Geographic differences in substance abuse treatment admissions for methamphetamine/amphetamine and marijuana: 2005. Rockville, MD. Retrieved February 11, 2008, from http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k8/stateMethamphetamineTX/methamphetamines.htm
  • This report discusses rates, demographics and geographic distribution, source of referral and route of administration for admissions to SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set who report methamphetamines and/or amphetamines as their primary drug of abuse in 2005.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. (2008, February 7). The DASIS report: Primary methamphetamine/amphetamine treatment admissions: 2005. Rockville, MD. Retrieved February 11, 2008, from http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k8/methamphetamineTX/meth.htm
  • This report provides data on treatment admissions for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse.

    United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. (2006, November). Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) Highlights – 2005: National admissions to substance abuse treatment services, DASIS Series: S-36, DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 07-4229, Rockville, MD. Retrieved January 23, 2008, from http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/teds2k5/tedshi2k5.pdf (PDF - 380 KB)
  • This illustrates the effects methamphetamine use has on the brain and highlights the components of comprehensive drug treatment.

    Vereen, D.R. (n.d.). Methamphetamine: Why does the brain become addicted? Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved February 19, 2008, from http://www.cicp.org/PPT/BrainAddicted_dea.ppt (PPT - 2,634 KB)
  • This journal article describes the creation and structure of the Methamphetamine Strike Force and the collaborative model.

    Goldberg, A. (2007, November). A collaborative model for community action against methamphetamine. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 327-336.
    Retrieved January 9, 2008, from http://www.journalofpsychoactivedrugs.com/Tableofcontents/sarc4.html