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    Gluten in Meth? Really?

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      No, there is not any gluten in meth.


    Caption: There is no gluten in meth. Photo: CC--JayW51

    Celiac.com 11/25/2016 - First of all, if you are using methamphetamine, gluten is probably the least of your worries. Seriously.

    But what about rumors and articles circulating that suggest that meth contains gluten, and that said gluten might make an already dangerous drug much word for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Is there really gluten in meth? The short answer is no, gluten in meth is not a thing. Meth does not contain gluten.

    To the best of our knowledge this latest bit of misinformation comes from an article published in the ThatOregonLife.com, and constitutes an attempt at humor.

    According to the article, "Health experts have today warned that meth found on the streets of Portland has tested positive for gluten, a protein composite normally found in several types of grains, including wheat, spelt, rye, and barley." The article goes on to say that a group called Action on Gluten is working to eliminate gluten from meth within a year.

    According to the article, the group's spokesperson, Simon Krueger explained that "Gluten is not only dangerous, but also highly addictive. When added to meth, an otherwise fairly safe drug, the consequences can be deadly." 

    What some readers may fail to notice, however, is that the article appears in the magazine's "Satire" section, and is undoubtedly tongue in cheek. The article appears alongside other obviously satirical articles, such as one claiming that President-elect Donald Trump has recently announced his plans to build a marijuana-themed hotel in notorious hippy enclave of Eugene, Oregon.

    So, anyone who actually believes meth contains gluten can credit their misconception ThatOregonLife.com.

    Once again, as a public service announcement. People should absolutely not use meth, but meth certainly does not contain gluten.


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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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