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Study: Meth Can Help Fight The Flu

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File photo of a drug addict smoking meth (Photo credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a drug addict smoking meth (Photo credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — There might be a reason why no one on “Breaking Bad” gets the flu. Recent experiments with the drug methamphetamine shows that the drug acts as an inhibitor to the influenza virus.

Scientists in Taiwan were curious on how meth  interacts with the influenza virus.

Using tissue samples of lung cells the scientists exposed them to different amounts of meth, and the results were surprising. Scientists found that the meth-exposed tissue samples had a reduction of the influenza virus.

The virus that was used was the H1N1 flu, or what is commonly known as “swine flu.”

Although the results could lead to new flu treatments it’s not good to self-medicate. Meth still reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and previous studies found that meth reduces the body’s ability to fight off diseases, such as HIV.

Meth is also extremely addictive and leads to tooth decay.

Nevada is leading the nation in meth addiction. Meth use in the state is 180 percent higher than the national average.

The study was published in PLOS One.

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