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Integrated Substance Abuse Program (ISAP/UCLA) – The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) has steadily established its presence as a major entity in the drug abuse research community, both domestically and internationally. The group continues to advance the knowledge base on drug problems and to improve the delivery of drug abuse treatment services through an array of projects.

Meth Project – Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at significantly reducing first-time meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — United States Department of Health and Human Services The Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders.

Anti-Meth Campaign This campaign is supported by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and is focused on preventing meth use, dispelling the myth that meth treatment does not work, and getting people who need help from meth abuse into treatment.  The Campaign makes its anti-meth ads available as free resources for community organizations to use in their local markets.

Meth Recovery Resources This site has useful information about methamphetamine, symptoms of meth addiction and a 24/7 helpline that people can call to locate treatment help.

Global Meth Conference The first global conference on methamphetamine was held in September 2008. This event is on track to become on annual conference.

Meth Education Toolkit This website provides information on methamphetamine and how to recognize and prevent its usage.

Methpedia Methpedia is an interactive website that will enhance awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine and provide simple and straightforward strategies to prevent the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine.

Western District University of Wisconsin Methamphetamine Toolkit Resources Excellent links site with a wide spectrum of information broken down into categories.

US Department of Justice Cops Office Tools For Combating Meth – Tools for Combating Meth contains practical guidebooks that address issues such as clandestine drug labs, drug dealing in open-air markets and privately owned apartment complexes and identity theft.

The Matrix Institute on AddictionsThe Matrix Model intensive outpatient treatment was developed with an awareness of the diversity of factors that contribute to drug and alcohol problems.

Friends La Brea Friends La Brea provides free drug counseling as part of a research study for gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine.

Hazelden A national nonprofit organization helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction.

National Association of Counties – NACo is committed to raising public awareness about and helping counties respond to the nation’s methamphetamine drug epidemic.

National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children – The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children supports a nationwide network of professionals serving drug endangered children by providing referrals to experts, updated research on topics concerning drug endangered children, and best practice information.

United States Department of Justice – General informational site on meth, addiction, law enforcement, and treatment.

New England ATTC — The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network – Funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - The primary purpose of this program is to provide addiction specialists and other mental health professionals, as well as other interested persons throughout the world with convenient, easy to access “cyber” classrooms in which they can be kept abreast with the latest advances in addiction treatment and prevention.

Genetics Learning Science Center — University of Utah – A site dedicated to helping people understand how genetics affects their daily lives.

Treatment4Addiction — An online community and informational resource for individuals with a common goal of living a healthy addiction-free lifestyle.

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World's Most Dangerous Drug — National Geographic Channel

The Addiction Project — HBO

Methamphetamine: New Knowledge, New Treatments — The Clinical Innovators Series

Methamphetamine: A Prevention Trilogy — California Department of Justice

Meth — Produced & Directed by Todd Ahlberg

Meth America — Directed by Christopher Halligan

Meth: Dark Cloud Over the Big Sky — PBS/Student Documentary Unit

American Meth — A Time & Tide Productions Project — Narrated by Val Kilmer

Methamphetamine 101: Etiology and Physiology of an Epidemic — Digital Training Module — Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Methamphetamine 102: Introduction to Evidence-Based Treatments — Digital Training Module — Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

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Assessment of Substance Use Disorders – Donovan, D. and Marlatt, G.A. (Eds), See: “Assessment of Methamphetamine Users” - Rawson, R.A., Sodano,R. and Hillhouse, M. (2004)

Beautiful Boy – Sheff, David, (2008)

Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry – Sadock, B.J. and Sadock, V.A. (Eds), See: “Amphetamines” - Jaffe, J.A., Ling, W. and Rawson, R.A. (2005).

Methamphetamine Addiction – Roll, J.M., Rawson, R.A., Ling, W., Shoptaw, S. (Eds.) (2006)

Methamphetamine: New Knowledge, New Treatments – Rawson, R.A. (2006)

Meth: The Basics – McCann, M.J., Obert, J.L., Marinelli-Casey, P, Rawson, R.A. (2005)

Neuropsychology and Substance Use: State-of-the-Art and Future Directions, See: “Substance Abuse Epidemiology in the US: A review of indicator data.” – Maxwell, J., Finnerty, B., and Rawson, R.A. (2007)

Relapse Prevention Approaches for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Marlatt – G.A and Donovan, D. (Eds), See: “Relapse Prevention Approaches for Stimulant Dependent Individuals” – Carroll, K.M. and Rawson, R.A. (2005)

Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment – Galanter, M and Kleber, See: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Dependence: Current Treatments” – Rawson, R.A. and Ling, W.L. (2007)

Treatment of Stimulant Abuse CSAT: TIP #33 (Chair, CSAT Consensus panel) – Rawson, R.A. (1998)

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The meth rush is over 3 times stronger than cocaine and 4 to 5 times as long. -- “Comparing Methamphetamine and Cocaine.” NIDA. 30 January 2009.

About 25 million people use meth or other amphetamines worldwide, more than the total number of cocaine and heroin users combined. -- Nicosia, Nancy, et al. RAND Corporation. “The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005.” February 2009.

Nearly two-thirds of meth users live in East and Southeast Asia, with epidemic levels in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Philippines. – UNODC. “2006 World Drug Report”, 123-143.

One-fifth of all meth users live in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. -- Maxwell, J. C., & Rutkowski, B. A. (2008). “The prevalence of methamphetamine and amphetamine abuse in North America: A review of the indicators, 1992-2007.” Drug and Alcohol Review, 27(3), 229-235.

Native American and Hawaiian communities have the highest per capita use. -- “Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse: Advance Report.” Report. NIDA. 1997

Hispanic groups make up 19% of all primary meth treatment admissions in the US. -- “Drug Rehabs for Meth Addiction.” Rehab for Meth. 08 February 2009.

3% of students in the US have experimented with meth by the time they finish high school. – “2008 statistic for lifetime methamphetamine use among 12 graders.” The Monitoring the Future Study, 2008 findings. University of Michigan.

5 million people of all backgrounds are impacted by meth use in the USA. – UNODC. “2006 World Drug Report”, 123-143.

25 million people of all backgrounds are impacted by meth globally. – UNODC. “2006 World Drug Report”, 123-143.

The economic cost of meth use in the US is over 20 billion dollars a year. -- Nicosia, Nancy, et al. RAND Corporation. “The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005.” February 2009.

In many parts of the US, 20-50% of the jail population is incarcerated because of meth-related crimes, including burglary, fraud, identity theft, and domestic violence. 60% of county officials maintain that meth is the largest drug problem in their county. 50% of law enforcement agencies say that 1 in 5 current inmates are there because of meth-related crimes. 17% report that more than half their population is incarcerated because of meth. 70% write that robberies and burglaries have increased because of meth. 62% note an increase in domestic violence because of meth. -- “Meth related arrests grow 85% in 3 years in USA.” Medical News Today. 08 July 2005. 30 January 2009.

The yearly cost of an untreated addict is $90,000 compared to $21,000 for residential treatment. -- “Meth Addiction.” Escape Meth. 30 January 2009.

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