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

Methamphetamine Use: Clinical and Forensic Aspects (Pacific Institute Series on Forensic Psychology)
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Genre: Medical Topics
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Year: 2003
ISBN: 0849314771
A man is accused of attempted murder of a former crystal meth addict. He claims he shot in self-defense, responding to the extremely aggressive behavior the victim was exhibiting.
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Overview

A man is accused of attempted murder of a former crystal meth addict. He claims he shot in self-defense, responding to the extremely aggressive behavior the victim was exhibiting. How will this play out in court? Most likely, the prosecution and the defense will call various expert witnesses – perhaps neurologists, psychologists, pathologists – each with testimonies based on their own theoretical viewpoints, but none with a truly comprehensive knowledge of the background and effects of methamphetamine (MA) use. This will cause confusion, complexity, and their testimonies may not comply with Daubert standards.

Written by a multidisciplinary team of experts, Methaphetamine Use: Clinical and Forensic Aspects examines MA use and abuse from clinical, forensic, and criminal justice perspectives. It is the first to cover virtually every aspect, reviewing the history, pharmacology, pathology, physiology, treatment, and evidentiary value of MA and its use. It addresses Daubert considerations and victim/witness credibility, competency to confess and to stand trial, criminal responsibility, extreme emotion as mitigation to murder, and dangerousness. It also details statutes and case law to represent perspectives of both the prosecution and the defense.

Growing in popularity more than any other illegal drug, methamphetamine has been shown to produce a paranoid psychotic state, which may recur months or years after use. Methamphetamine Use: Clinical and Forensic Aspects provides a comprehensive, critical survey of the current knowledge and policies regarding the use and abuse of this dangerous and ubiquitous substance.

Topics Includes:

  • Reviews all literature on methamphetamine to provide an interdisciplinary single-source text
  • Advises forensic psychologists in their expert witnessing regarding the behavioral effects of methamphetamine
  • Includes a chapter on ecstasy and presents similarities and differences of this increasingly popular drug
  • Presents the most current treatment modalities for MA addiction
  • Addresses MA use in the Middle East
  • Cites the important cases, articles, and statistics of which anyone working in the forensic aspects of MA should be aware
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