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🚀💊 Get ready for an incredible journey into the world of #methamphetamine! Did you know it was originally used to keep soldiers alert in WWII? Let's explore its fascinating history and impact on society on this week's #SubstanceSaturdays⚠️
🔍 First synthesized in 1893, methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It gained popularity for various purposes, including treatment of ADHD, obesity, and narcolepsy. Its use skyrocketed during WWII, where it was given to soldiers to stay awake and alert 🌍💣
💊👩‍⚕️ Pharmaceutical use of methamphetamine peaked in the 1950s-60s under the brand name Desoxyn. The FDA still approves it today for treating ADHD and exogenous obesity, but its use is highly controlled due to its potential for misuse. It's a Schedule II drug 🚨📋
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#MedMondays for today, let's do #Adderall, THREAD🧵 :

1/ Adderall is a stimulant medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy; it works by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine and norepinephrine. Image
2/ Common side effects of Adderall include loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and stomach problems. More serious adverse effects include heart problems, anxiety, mood swings or changes, and potential for dependence.
3/ Adderall is available in immediate-release and extended-release formulations, and it can be taken orally in tablet or capsule form, as well as some liquid formulations and oral disentegrating tablets (ODT): Adzenys, Dyanavel, Mydayis, and Vyvanse are all essentially Adderall.
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Here's my 5 min talk I just held at the 44th #ECDD:

<< Dear Expert Committee on Drug Dependence,
my name is Fabian Steinmetz. I'm from Germany and I'm an Eurotox-certified toxicologist and professional risk assessor at an international consultancy.
I speak here on behalf of the NGO #ENCOD, the European coalition for just and effective drug policies.
And now I'd like to speak a few words about #kratom (Mitragyna speciosa).
First of all I'd like to remind the committee that banning #hemp, #poppy & #coca was not very successful and even led to more potent derivatives and synthetic imitations. Also these bans fueled violent crime and human rights violations worldwide.
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Thanks @IWS_Network for inviting me to share my story as an #international #immigrant #WomanInSTEM! Throughout this week I will share my journey so far, challenges & triumphs; inviting you to share yours and connect with me if it resonates with you! #VoicesIWS
I grew up in #Delhi #India, a place I still think of as home & where my family still resides. Living in the capital, my parents, sister and I spoke to each other in #tamil, #hindi, & #english. My mom was my first #chemistry teacher. #WomenInSTEM #VoicesIWS @IWS_Network Image
As a teenager I fell in love with the vibrant colors & creative possibilities of the chemistry lab. Nandini ma'am & other excellent teachers, most of whom were #WomenInSTEM at The Mother's International School were my role models. @IWS_Network #VoicesIWS #WomenInSTEM Image
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NEW: @UN report on #Taliban casts doubt on ability of US-Taliban agreement to succeed

"There are divisions within the group [Taliban], which make compromise with its adversaries difficult, and its messaging remains hard-line" per UN Sanctions Monitoring Team
#Taliban "also appears well prepared for the 2020 fighting season and raising the tempo of its attacks on #Afghan government targets" per the @UN report
New @UN report sees problems due to #Taliban drug trafficking

"The scale of the problem remains huge and has been further complicated by a boom in methamphetamine production and trafficking" per report
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In 2018 there was a 4.1% drop in drug overdose deaths in the United States. This is the first drop in 29 years. We must continue to push the envelope in #PublicHealth to continue this trend in the RIGHT direction. #AMANAC Image
While we have made great strides, more work remains. It is imperative that we address the 4th Wave of America’s Overdose Epidemic, and that is #methamphetamine abuse. #AMANAC
Across @HHSGov, we understand and act on the fact that #addiction is a chronic brain disease that requires treatment. For #opioids, that is Medication Assisted Treatment, psycho-behavioral support, and holistic wrap around services. #AMANAC
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Excited to share that our #GHB paper is now out in @AddictionJrnl.
With @RoseCrossin @foruharmoayeri @DebbieScott16 and team @TurningPointAU @MonashAddiction
Trends in GHB‐related harms 2012‐2018 in Victoria
Spoiler alert, 147% rise
Highlights here->
What we did: looked at ambulance callouts for #GHB alone vs for co-use w other drugs (eg. #methamphetamine, #alcohol)
What we found: Overall #GHB presentations increased 147%, peaking in 2017 at 1339 callouts. This increase was largely driven by #GHB+#methamphetamine use together
#methamphetamine #ice co-use was >6x more likely to result in ambulance callouts than co-use with other drugs e.g. alcohol; and more #mentalhealth symptoms e.g. psychosis or anxiety.
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