Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

METH takes a heavy toll on users, ac­cord­ing to re­search. UWA sci­en­tists stud­ied 55 am­phet­a­mine users, 107 to­bacco users, 68 methadone users and 483 non-smok­ers over a five-year pe­riod and found meth ad­dicts aged much faster. The study found the drug caused hard­en­ing of ar­ter­ies which in­creased dra­mat­i­cally as a per­son gets older. As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Stu­art Reece said long-term am­phet­a­mine users aged at an ex­po­nen­tial rate. “These find­ings show an in­crease in the risk of strokes, heart at­tacks and many other ar­te­rial dis­eases,” he said. “The re­sults val­i­date an­other sim­i­lar study we con­ducted on the ef­fects of cannabis and opi­oids on the vas­cu­lar sys­tem.”

- Rick Lee, ed­i­tor

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