Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug which is popularly used as a club drug. Abusing meth may result in various physical and psychological effects. The abusers who inject meth are at a greater risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. A new study found that the people who abused meth are at a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
A study from the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that people who have abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine like stimulants are at a higher risk of developing parkinson’s disease. They found that the California state has a high number of meth users and many of them are hospitalized due to abuse.
Among the admitted people about half of them are admitted for appendicitis with no diagnosis of addiction and remaining are diagnosed with cocaine use disorders. Using all these records the researchers determined that only the people who abuse meth are at a greater risk of developing parkinson’s disease.
The suspicion of the researchers from the past 30 years was clarified with this study. They also made it clear that the people who use amphetamine for medical purposes will not experience any of the signs of parkinson’s disease since they take very less doses.
This research might have added another health hazard to the already existing list of adverse effects caused due to meth abuse. Once again the researchers proved that use of illegal drugs is always dangerous for the body.