Methamphetamine Use: Clinical and Forensic Aspects, Second Edition (Pacific Institute Series on Forensic Psychology)

Methamphetamine Use: Clinical and Forensic Aspects, Second Edition (Pacific Institute Series on Forensic Psychology)

Sandra B. McPherson, Errol Yudko

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 0849372739

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The first wave of methamphetamine use began in the late 1980s and its prevalence has continued to rise across the United States and throughout the world. As with any harmful substance, its abuse has far-reaching ramifications that go beyond the destruction it causes to the human body. Written by a multidisciplinary team of experts, Methamphetamine Use: Clinical and Forensic Aspects, Second Edition examines meth use and abuse from clinical, forensic, and criminal justice perspectives. Updated and expanded to reflect changes in recent years, this volume covers virtually every aspect of this dangerous drug.

The book begins with a history of drug control in America, then provides global perspectives on methamphetamine use. It explores biochemical aspects and includes a chapter on the methamphetamine analogue "ecstasy." The text examines the effects of meth use on human behavior, with a special focus on empirical evidence of amphetamine use as a contributing factor in aggression. The authors discuss forensic issues related to methamphetamine use in chapters covering expert testimony, criminal responsibility, mitigation in sentencing, and competency to stand trial. The last section examines various treatment modalities.

As methamphetamine grows once again in popularity, it is crucial that those who deal with the effects of it be well-informed about the dangers it poses. This volume provides a comprehensive, critical survey of the current knowledge regarding the use and abuse of this dangerous and ubiquitous substance.

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connection between his knowledge of methamphetamine and the case at hand, his actions may have been allowed and he could have avoided the pitfalls described above. In State v. Cachola (1993), the defendant was charged, among other things, with attempted murder of a man who testified that he (the victim) was intoxicated on methamphetamine. Expert testimony was rendered without the benefit of interviewing the victim. The difference between Cachola and Sylva was that in the former case, testimony

condition that may be sufficiently severe and beyond the control of the defendant (for example, a thought disorder such as paranoid schizophrenia). Methamphetamine mimics this psychosis in many respects and thus would be a natural target for incorrect (but unintentional) diagnosis by defense experts. The defendant may, however, as seen by the authors in a number of cases, deliberately deemphasize methamphetamine use and exaggerate or fabricate psychotic features of their behavior. After

versus those who seek to use drugs as a recreational option and then cause problems to society. In effect, this is an area of complexity and grayness in which finding the boundaries between one group of reasonably held culpable individuals from another group of reasonably exculpated individuals is not an easy task, either from a psychological or a legal perspective. Two Supreme Court cases have some bearing on this issue. In U.S. v. Wattleton (2002), the trial court was upheld on the usual basis

establish from multiple sources the presence of a mental illness at the time of the act and has to further meet the criteria of the controlling statutory definitions for NGRI; thus, in a M’Naghten state or jurisdiction, only inability to know the wrongfulness of the act will be involved; in an ALI jurisdiction, the inability to refrain is a second prong for which the data can be assessed. The further issues with regard to settled insanity would also include a development of data that indicate the

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