By Michael Balsamo

April 29, 2017

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Over the past seven years, Los Angeles jail officials

have seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of mentally ill

inmates, a rise the sheriff attributes to methamphetamine use.

 

Studies show chronic meth use can cause paranoia, visual and auditory

hallucinations and delusions. But doctors say it's often difficult to

determine whether patients had underlying conditions and then started

abusing drugs, or if their chronic drug use led to psychiatric disorders.