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Methamphetamine Use

Clinical and Forensic Aspects, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Sandra B. McPherson, Harold V. Hall, Errol Yudko

CRC Press

408 pages | 2 Color Illus. | 6 B/W Illus.

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The first wave of methamphetamine use began in the late 1980s and its prevalence has continued to rise across the United States and throughout the world. As with any harmful substance, its abuse has far-reaching ramifications that go beyond the destruction it causes to the human body. Written by a multidisciplinary team of experts, Methamphetamine Use: Clinical and Forensic Aspects, Second Edition examines meth use and abuse from clinical, forensic, and criminal justice perspectives. Updated and expanded to reflect changes in recent years, this volume covers virtually every aspect of this dangerous drug.

The book begins with a history of drug control in America, then provides global perspectives on methamphetamine use. It explores biochemical aspects and includes a chapter on the methamphetamine analogue "ecstasy." The text examines the effects of meth use on human behavior, with a special focus on empirical evidence of amphetamine use as a contributing factor in aggression. The authors discuss forensic issues related to methamphetamine use in chapters covering expert testimony, criminal responsibility, mitigation in sentencing, and competency to stand trial. The last section examines various treatment modalities.

As methamphetamine grows once again in popularity, it is crucial that those who deal with the effects of it be well-informed about the dangers it poses. This volume provides a comprehensive, critical survey of the current knowledge regarding the use and abuse of this dangerous and ubiquitous substance.

Table of Contents


Background and Scope

The History of Drug Control

Global Perspectives on Methamphetamine

Biology, Behavior, and Law

Mechanisms of Methamphetamine Action


Effects and Diagnosis of Methamphetamine Use

Empirical Evidence of the Effects of Methamphetamine on Aggression


Methamphetamine and Pregnancy

Expert Testimony

Criminal Responsibility

Criminal Responsibility Evaluation in a Methampethamine-Murder Case

Mitigation in Sentencing

Miranda Rights, Interrogation, Competency to Confess, and Competency to Stand Trial

Dangerousness Prediction in Methamphetamine Cases



Epilogue: Methamphetamine as Forensic Challenge




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General