A new study has found that it may be more difficult to treat meth addiction in teen girls than in teen boys. In a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers tried treating the methamphetamine addictions of 10 girls and nine boys. Some of the teens received counseling and others received either the antidepressant buproprion or a placebo.
The research suggested that using buproprion did not work. Teens treated that way produced far fewer meth-free urine samples than those who took the placebo. Also, researchers found that the treatment methods were less effective for girls. The boys in both groups produced twice as many methamphetamine-free urine tests than the girls.
Researchers said the study suggests that females may be more susceptible to methamphetamine addiction beginning in adolescence, and further research is needed to find treatment methods that are more effective for girls.
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