Meth Hype Could Undermine Good Medicine

Overstating the dangers of methamphetamine may impede treatment of drug abusers, asserts a review by Columbia University researchers
Gary Stix
Scientific American (US)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Four scientists from Columbia University published an analysis of previous studies on methamphetamine use that called into question some of the purported damaging effects of the drug on brain functioning. The review in Neuropsychopharmacology found that short-term effects of the drug actually improve attention, as well as visual and spatial perception, among other things. Moreover, chronic users—the ones who would be expected to suffer most—remain largely unimpaired.