New Research Shows Meth Use is Similar to Alzheimer's Disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/8/05

New Research Shows Meth Use is Similar to Alzheimer's Disease

If you think it's a hassle now buying over the counter cold medicines, then listening to what they're proposing in Oregon.

You know, here in Lubbock and all over Texas, you have to sign for medication if it includes an ingredient that might be used to make methamphetamine. Now Oregon is taking the war on meth a giant step further. Lawmakers there have given final approval to a law that would require a doctor's prescription for the simple stuff you might have previously picked up over the counter. This, because methamphetamine abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the world

"I lost almost all of my teeth. I lost my eyebrows, my eyelashes, I had marks all over my face," says Holly Copeland a former meth addict.

Holly is a 40-year-old who has managed to raise two children despite her addiction to meth for 12 years. She says most people never even knew, but the drug affected her physically and mentally. You know, the before and after pictures of a meth addict will get your attention, but doctors will tell you it's what you don't see that is really more alarming.

"What we see in the brain of the meth user is different than what we've seen with any other drug before," says Dr. Edythe London a UCLA professor at pharmacology.

New research at UCLA is showing that prolonged use of methamphetamines appears to waste away crucial parts of the brain, similar to Alzheimer's disease. What's more, it harms the part that controls impulses, and that's what triggers the addictive and compulsive behavior.

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