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.