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Methamphetamine and Psychosis

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It is well known in mental health circles that stimulant drugs are linked with bad behavior and mental problems when abused.  Now comes a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry linking methamphetamine abuse with schizophrenia.  The study, Methamphetamine Use and Schizophrenia: A Population-Based Cohort Study in California is notable for its sample size: over 42,000 people were examined. 

The study confirmed the suspicions that many researchers had long suspected:  abuse of methamphetamine is associated with severe mental illness.  The study also confirmed a growing literature finding a link between marijuana and psychosis.
  
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"The study also confirmed a growing literature finding a link between marijuana and psychosis."

We can yuck it up all we like laughing at that ridiculous old propaganda film, but there really is a link between reefers and madness.

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