Arkansas Researchers Developing Anti-Meth Drug

April 16, 2006 - Posted at 12:14 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Researchers at the University of Arkansas for

Medical Sciences are working on a medication that would reduce the

high meth users get. The idea is to make it easier for users to get

off the highly addictive drug.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

more than 12 million people have tried methamphetamine. Currently,

there are no drug therapies specifically designed to treat

methamphetamine addiction. Meth treatment is usually a combination

of psychotherapy and medications, such as sedatives or

anti-depressants and the process can take years.

The U-A-M-S researchers say a non-addicting medication they're

developing could reduce the high users feel from meth, making the

drug less appealing although still addictive.

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