1st February 2019, Volume 132 Number 1489

Karim M Mahawish, Andrew Bowers, Susan DeCaigney

Methamphetamine use is a major public health concern in New Zealand, affecting users’ health, relationships and employment opportunities. The social cost of amphetamine-related harm in New Zealand has recently been…

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Karim M Mahawish, Consultant Physician, Department of Medicine, Rotorua Hospital, Bay of Plenty; Andrew Bowers, Consultant Physician, Department of Medicine, Rotorua Hospital, Bay of Plenty; Susan DeCaigney, Consultant Physician, Department of Medicine, Rotorua Hospital, Bay of Plenty.

Acknowledgements

Dr Peace Tamuno for providing the echocardiogram images.

Correspondence

Karim M Mahawish, Department of Medicine, Lakes District Health Board, Rotorua Hospital, Private Bag 3023, Rotorua Mail Centre, Rotorua 3046.

Correspondence Email

kmahawish@doctors.org.uk

Competing Interests

Nil.

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