Following the emergence of habitual and addictive use of ice or methamphetamine in Australia in the early 1990s, ice use have now tripled amongst drug users in Australia and is sill growing rapidly, particularly in the younger demographic. The number of methamphetamine users who prefer ice to other types of methamphetamine has doubled, from 27% in 2007 and 22% in 2010, to 50% in 2013. The proportion of people using it at least weekly has grown, from 9.3% in 2010 to 15.5% in 2013 and is still growing at an alarming rate. Current estimates suggest there are approximately 300,000 consistent methamphetamine users across Australia.
Warning Signs of Methamphetamine Use
Crystal meth is an extremely addicting drug, and has been known as one of the most dangerous street drugs due to its tendency to induce violent behaviour and its long-lasting effects. Signs of crystal meth use vary from person to person, depending upon body mass, route of administration, and dosage. The general effects experienced are euphoria, anxiety, hyperactivity, and insomnia. When larger doses are taken, one may behave violently, go into a state of confusion, and in some cases have a heart attack or stroke. Common indications of methamphetamine use may include:
- Dilated pupils
- Extreme or sudden weight loss
- Twitching or jerking
- Dry, cracked skin
- Sores, abscesses, red dots or skin lesions
- Intense focus on a trivial matter
- Excessive talking, rambling
- Compulsive actions
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Psychosis or paranoia
- Aggressive behaviour
Assisting a Loved One with the Methamphetamine Use
If your family member or friend is currently abusing meth, it may be time to consider talking to them about their drug use and treatment options. No one wants to witness a loved one battle an addiction to meth, as it can severely impact not only their quality of life but also others in their support system. You may have even witnessed your loved one’s physical and mental health change or deteriorate as a result of the drug use. Given the serious health risks of a meth addiction, it is important to have the conversation early. You may just save the life of someone you love. If you are worried or nervous about how your loved one will react to a confrontation about their meth addiction, you are not alone. Given the serious health risks of a meth addiction, it is important to have the conversation early. You may just save the life of someone you love.
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