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Health workers warn of escalation of methamphetamine use in South Australian Aboriginal communities

Date posted: 1 November 2016

According to Associate Professor James Ward, the South Australian Health and Medical Institute, there has been a rise in the use of crystal methamphetamine in regional and remote areas.

A/Prof Ward is one of 300 alcohol and other drug health workers, attending a conference in Adelaide, looking at ways to tackle methamphetamine use. Although alcohol and cannabis are still the two most used substances in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, A/Prof Ward said that there was a 'massive escalation' in the use of methamphetamine.

'The drug is particularly attractive. Not only is it accessible, it's relatively cheap and it gives people a very big high when they use it and it's highly addictive and so it's escalated rapidly,' said A/Prof Ward.

A/Prof Ward's organisation is about to undertake a research project to address methamphetamine use in 10 communities across Australia.

'What we're trying to do is develop both community-led interventions, but also clinical intervention so that when people do present to health services, there are options for them to deal with addiction,' he said.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 2 November 2016
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