Methamphetamine abuse in the United States: Contextual, psychological and sociological considerations

Michael T. Shrem, Perry N. Halkitis

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Emerging behavioral research on methamphetamine suggests a growing public health concern no longer limited to specific regions of the United States. Given that current evidence-based treatments for addressing methamphetamine addiction have had limited success, there remains a need to further examine the efficacy of these approaches. Here, we synthesize the psychological research literature regarding the prevalence and correlates of methamphetamine use across all segments of the US population, analyze the role that use of the drug plays in relation to sexual risk-taking and consider implications for therapeutic interventions to address this drug addiction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-679
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of health psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Addiction
  • Methamphetamine
  • Sexual risk-taking
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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