THE use of methamphetamines is a serious issue and has the potential to catastrophically impact Papua New Guinea society if not addressed, a doctor says.
Registrar for emergency medicine at Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) Dr Clare Tomida said this during a presentation on the drug at the National Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in PNG yesterday in Port Moresby.
“It’s a ticking time bomb,” she said.
“Meth will change everything and it starts physiologically.”
Tomdia said the chemical structure of meth was similar to naturally occurring hormones dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.
She said meth affected the natural functions of the brain and had long term effects on users.
Tomida said meth use could cause many users to suffer side effects including high heart rates, elevated blood pressure, difficulty breathing, body temperature fluctuations, and induce paranoia.
She said meth could be ingested through several means such as injecting (intravenous), smoking, in tablet form and sniffing.
She said meth stayed active in the body for about 10 hours.
Tomida added that accurate and up-to-date information on the number of users in the country and related information would allow authorities to develop effective strategies to address the drug abuse problem.
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