Users of methamphetamine are at three times more risk for getting Parkinson’s disease than people who do not use illegal drugs, according to new research from the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare.

The new study – published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence – includes both inpatient and outpatient clinic records, and so draws data from a wider sample of the population. The researchers examined more than 40,000 records in the Utah Population Database (UPDB), which contains genealogical, medical and government-provided information on Utah families.

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