Amphetamine Misuse Linked to Artery Damage in Young Adults reports on Amphetamine Misuse. Young adults who misuse amphetamines have a three-fold risk for tears in the aorta — the body’s largest artery — compared with nonusers, Reuters reported Aug. 17.

Researchers at the University of Texas examined the medical records of 31,000 Americans ages 18–44 hospitalized between 1995–2007 and found that patients who abused amphetamines had three times the risk for aortic dissection than patients who did not, even after controlling for other risk factors.

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