Journal article

Prevalence of self-reported movement dysfunction among young adults with a history of ecstasy and methamphetamine use

Gabrielle Todd, Lucinda Burns, Verity Pearson-Dennett, Adrian Esterman, Patrick L Faulkner, Robert A Wilcox, Dominic Thewlis, Adam P Vogel, Jason M White

Drug and Alcohol Dependence | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Illicit stimulant use is associated with long-lasting changes in movement and movement-related brain regions. The aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of movement dysfunction in this population. We hypothesized that prevalence of self-reported movement dysfunction is higher among stimulant users than non-stimulant users. METHODS: Three groups of adults completed a survey containing questions about demographics, health, drug use, and movement. The groups consisted of ecstasy users with no history of methamphetamine use (ecstasy group, n = 190, 20 ± 3 yrs.), methamphetamine users (methamphetamine group, n = 331, 23 ± 5 yrs.), and non-stimulant users (control group, n ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (APV holds a Dementia Fellowship, APP 1135683, DT holds a Career Development Fellowship, ID 1126229), Australian Government (PLF and VPD held an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship), Fay Fuller Foundation, and the University of South Australia. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Drug and Alcohol Program. The funding sources had no involvement in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; or in the decision to submit the article for publication.