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Methamphetamine abuse linked to underage sex, smoking and drinking
Date:11/18/2008

the more likely they were to use crystal meth.
  • Being sexually active was "significantly associated" with using crystal meth.
  • Youth who smoked, drank or used heroin and other opiates were more likely to try crystal meth.
  • When it came to mental health, low-risk youth with adjustment disorder, conduct disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity were much more likely to use crystal meth. However, oppositional defiance disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorder were not significantly associated with crystal meth use in the low-risk group.
  • Being homosexual or bisexual, disruptive parenting, peers using meth and family history of drug use were other risk factors among young people who had never used drugs before.
  • High- risk youth:

    • "Strict parental monitoring was found to be protective for MA use among high-risk youth."
    • A family history of alcohol abuse, crime or drug abuse was associated with crystal meth use.
    • Receiving psychiatric treatment, more than two stints in a juvenile detention centre and a history of violence were "significantly associated" with crystal meth use.


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