Study finds young methamphetamine users at risk of developing urinary problems

21 October 2016
Study finds young methamphetamine users at risk of developing urinary problems

Young people addicted to methamphetamine, commonly referred to as ‘Ice’, are four times more likely to develop urinary problems than those who do not use the drug, a Hong Kong study has found. Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said their findings revealed students taking Ice experienced frequent urination and incontinence.

In the study, 11,938 students from 45 secondary schools were interviewed between 2012 and 2014. Dr Tam Yuk-him, the study’s principal investigator, said it was the world’s first large-scale study to review how drug use affects urinary problems in young people, noting the research came after smaller scale studies in Taiwan and South Korea. More than 300 students, or 2.7 per cent of the respondents, said they had used drugs in the past. Of the 300, 47.8 per cent stated they had urinary problems.

For those who took Ice and ketamine together, the chance of developing urinary functions was found to be nine times higher than those with no history of drug use. However Dr Tam Yuk-him has said, “there are some misconceptions that Ice can replace side effects brought on by ketamine, we need to dispel such ridiculous thoughts.”

Professor Ng Chi-fai of the university’s urology division indicates Ice affects the urethral sphincter, which comprises muscles controlling the exit of urine from the bladder. Government figures showed Ice last year surpassed ketamine as the most popular drug in Hong Kong among people aged 21 or younger.

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Read more at South China Morning Post

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