UVa Today: UVa Researcher Creates a Drug to Help Meth Addicts

June 15, 2012

Researcher Dr. Bankole A. Johnson of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Virginia Health System has created a drug called topiramate to help methamphetamine addicts.

"This is medication that changes a specific brand chemical called dopamine and it makes it less potent in the brain," said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson says the use of methamphetamine is a huge problem in Virginia, especially in rural areas. Dr. Johnson says he hopes the medicine will give patients a sense of hope. He says if people would like to participate in clinical trials they are welcome to.

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