Amphetamine-type stimulant drugs: a dangerous trend?


Professor Hamid Ghodse discusses the history of legally available amphetamine-type drugs and the staggering rise in their use, showing how mental health professionals need to be aware of the societal trends and professional attitudes that can lead to over-prescription and its damaging effects.


Date published: 1 March 2008

Audio running time: 11 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By completing this module, we hope that you will gain:


  • a knowledge of the history of amphetamine-type drug use


  • an understanding of the societal and professional trends which have led to the sharp increase in the prevalence of these drugs


  • an awareness of the issues arising from the over-prescription of these types of drugs


  • a greater awareness of the responsibilities of mental health professionals in this area. 


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2008. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.


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