Methamphetamine Use Increases Involvment in Violence

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Almost a third of middle-aged New Zealanders have tried methamphetamine at least once, according to a new University of Otago, Christchurch study looking at the link between using the drug and violence in the general population.

The study by Professor Joe Boden from the University of Otago in New Zealand found those who used methamphetamine at least weekly were between two and five times more likely to be involved in violence, whether it be as a victim or as the perpetrator, than those who had not used it at all. People who had used the drug once or twice were more than 60 percent more likely to be involved in violence during the same time period they were using the drug, compared with non-users.

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