Are we having an ‘Ice’ Epidemic?
Crystal methamphetamine (more commonly known as ‘Ice’) has recently been the subject of much publicity across the media, together with other amphetamine type stimulants (ATS). Ice is highly addictive and can cause sleeplessness, paranoia and hostility.
There has been a sharp reported increase in the use of ATS over the past two years, particularly in regional Victorian towns and some Melbourne outer suburbs. There is a concern that the drug is prevalent in the state’s most vulnerable communities, including Aboriginal groups and among young people. In the Mildura area, there is a suspected link between the drug and a recent spate of youth suicides, while recently released data from the Victorian Police has linked Ice to the rise in violent crime across the state. More generally, ATS overdose deaths in Victoria have more than doubled from 14 in 2010, to 34 in 2012.
In response to this, Odyssey House Victoria has recently received funding from the State Government to provide accredited training to professionals, helping them better understand the effects of this particular drug. Our experience and research also indicates that whilst there are many new challenges in treating people addicted to Ice, especially early on in treatment, there are effective and viable treatment options, including residential rehabilitation.
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Over one million Australians (14 years and older) have used methamphetamines at least once in their lifetime.