Author(s): Neale A, Abraham S, Russell J
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride "ice," a powerful, synthetic stimulant drug associated with rapid weight loss. METHOD: We report the first three cases of young women "ice" users requiring admission to a specialized eating disorders unit. RESULTS: Case one had no prior history of an eating disorder and became emaciated following regular use of "ice"; she regarded weight gain positively. Case 2 had polysubstance abuse since early adolescence and commenced binge eating and vomiting in response to weight gain when not using "ice"; she learned to maintain her weight without weight losing behaviors. Case 3 developed anorexia nervosa in early adolescence, required numerous inpatient admissions and commenced using stimulant drugs for weight loss in her late teens; she discharged prematurely. All patients had features of personality disorder on interview and drug abuse had impaired their work and social adjustment. DISCUSSION: "Ice" use may be associated with the onset of disordered eating or used as an efficient weight losing behavior in an established eating disorder.
This article was published in Int J Eat Disord
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy