The Right Dosage

We all know that too much of any “harmless” substance can be toxic and even lethal: salt, sugar, iron, alcohol… the list goes on.

But methamphetamines?

UM Study: Meth may lessen stroke damage

But lest free-wheeling meth addicts start feeling smug, here’s a big caveat:

“Methamphetamine is a drug that has been shown to exacerbate stroke damage or make it worse when administered before a stroke,” Dave Poulsen, a UM research assistant professor, said in a news release. “But we have seen roughly 80 to 90 percent protection of neurons when administered after a stroke.” [….] The researchers found that small amounts of meth created a protective effect, while higher doses increased damage.

It’s all about finding the right dosage.  Too low a dose, it does nothing.  Too high a dose, and it does damage.  It’s finding the happy medium — that’s where the science of biochemistry comes in.  And if this finding ever goes to the human trials, it would be an interesting contribution, I think, in the on-going debate on what makes a drug legal or illegal.  Perhaps it’s not so much of what it is, but what the right dosage is.

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About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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2 Responses to The Right Dosage

  1. Kelly says:

    I came by via the Sciolist Salmagundi blog. There are several entries I wanted to comment on, but this one stood out more than the rest. It only took a little meth to send a mother of four into a downward spiral that still hasn’t come to a stop.

    Now, if they could make the meth so that it doesn’t change the chemistry in the brain, they might be onto something. When someone is using meth there is no reasoning with them and the effects are LONG term. It is also VERY addicting.

  2. Brian Rogers says:

    Reminds me of opium. Someone either is now or soon will be working on figuring out how to make a drug similar to meth that maximizes the medicinal benefits and minimizes the criminal side-effects.

    /* Brian */

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