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Article submissions are now open for the Journal! Deadline: December 19!

THROWING STONES AT GLASS HOUSES: A Consideration of Methamphetamine Addiction, Psychosis, and Treatment in Criminal Contexts

 Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3

*Author: Amanda Bakowski, University of Pennsylvania

Advances in neurological and psychological research as well as in brain imaging techniques allow for groundbreaking analysis into the brain and its connection to behavior. For example, researchers are able to identify complex structural changes brought about by psychological disorders, including substance abuse and addiction. However, this greater insight into a person’s neurobiological conditions at the time a crime is committed has created debate in the legal community. Deciding how to properly incorporate such information into legal proceedings, determining responsibility and competency when substances are involved, identifying how psychosis and psychotic symptoms of substance use affect criminal behavior, and treating addicted offenders are all necessary facets of this debate. One of the most addictive substances, methamphetamine, has seen a surge in use in both the general and criminal populations. This paper argues that as the epidemic of addiction and rate of methamphetamine use in conjunction with criminal activity has increased, the legal system must continue to address the issue with a more sophisticated understanding of the neurological properties of the substance and of the addicted brain. To make this argument, this paper addresses the properties, psychological classification, legal considerations, and currents debates surrounding methamphetamine use in criminal contexts.

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