Methamphetamine is a stimulant, also known as 'meth' or 'speed' that can be smoked, snorted or injected and which produces sensations of euphoria, lowered inhibitions, feelings of invincibility, increased wakefulness and an increase in energy. An analysis of 12 studies into the risk factors for methamphetamine abuse, carried out by researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada looked at low-risk (those not involved in any other drug abuse) and high-risk (those who had taken other drugs or who had been in a juvenile detention centre) children. Within the low-risk group a history of engaging in behaviour such as sexual activity, particularly homosexual or bisexual activity, alchohol consumption and smoking was significantly associated with methamphetamine use. Among high-risk youth the risk factors identified were growing up in a family with a history of crime, alcohol and drug use; having received treatment for a psychiatric condition and being a girl.
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