Amphetamines-Ice

Drug Culture Can be Changed

A recent study has found that life skills training early intervention programs can be cost effective in turning off youths from using ICE (methamphetamines).

The skills training program aimed at parents and schools were assessed to return ten times the cost of the program.

The longitudinal study of 667 families looked at prevention of use of ICE and alcohol and has the potential to save enormous sums of money in preventative health and community costs.

(Source: Iowa State University Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute paper at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/World Health Organization conference in Vienna Austria December 2008).

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Australia NEEDS effective early intervention illicit drug resistance programs to avoid the trauma and costs of dealing with the early drug use influenced by our culture.

We need to use world's best practice in early intervention life skills training to prevent illicit drug use promoted by the culture.

ICE (methamphetamines) is a significant problem in Australia.

ICE causes permanent brain damage, violence, aggression, paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis and irrational behavior and other mental illness.

The way forward is to provide Australian children with the ability to resist drug pressure at a young age so they will not use illicit drugs.

These studies show that resistance is ten times more effective than rehabilitation of ICE users.

Speed use Higher than Heroin

The number of people in New South Wales dependent on methamphetamine, such as speed far exceeds dependent heroin users.

The reason for this is that the number of dependent speed users has increased.

This increase in speed dependency has placed pressure on drug and health services as well as emergency workers.

A recent study by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has found that the use of speed in Australia is at an all time high with one in ten people having reported as having taken the drug.

Most of the users inject speed so the transmission of blood borne disease such as Hepatitis C and HIV is a strong risk.

Prolonged use of speed causes psychosis and violence so that emergency and health workers are most at risk.

Another form of methamphetamine called ice is also increasing in use in Australia with increasing incidents of psychosis and violence.

The research found that in New South Wales alone there were 19000 regular heroin users and 36900 regular methamphetamine users.

The 2004 National Drug Strategy household survey found that 3.2 per cent of people had used methamphetamine in the last year compared to 1.4 per cent who had used heroin.

(Source: Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 2005 Page 3)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Speed and Ice use in Australia is increasing because there are not enough efforts to reduce the number of users.

Also worrying is the increasing violence our health and emergency workers are facing as they deal with this increased use.

Brain Tissue Damage from Drugs

A University of California study has shown a massive destruction of brain tissue by using the illicit drug methamphetamine known as 'Meth'.

The use of Meth causes severe inflammation of brain tissue making the brain 10 per cent larger than normal.

The brain's centre for making new memories (hippocampus) had lost 8 per cent of its tissue in Meth users, which is similar to the brain deficits in early Alzheimers.

Meth users fared significantly worse in memory tests than healthy people of the same age.

The destruction of brain tissue and inflammation caused users to be depressed, anxious and unable to concentrate.

Using a high-resolution M.R.I. scan showed up the harmful effects of Meth.

(Source: New York Times 20 July 2004)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Amphetamines are a popular drug at parties and clubs in Australia.

The effects of party drugs like Meth causes violent mood swings, hallucinations, paranoid delusions and uncontrolled violence.

The Australian Federal Police have already warned that massive amounts of amphetamines from Asia's Golden Triangle are targeted for Australia.

Australian criminal gangs also produce large amounts of amphetamines.

Australia must reduce the increasing proportion of young people that are using illicit drugs by implementing detoxification and rehabilitation programs for illicit drug users to get them drug free.

Increase in Use of Speed

International organised criminals that control heroin production have switched their major source of Australian income to the drug speed.

This business decision has brought about a herion drought in Australia and an increase in imported speed.

This decision by these criminals was based on market research that Australians are more prepared to pop a pill than inject themselves.

Supplies of illicit drugs into Australia are dynamic as the organised crime gangs have other countries particularly in Asia that they supply.

(Source:Australian Federal Police evidence to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family & Community Affairs 16/8/02)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Speed is a popular party drug in Australia.

Ingredients in speed are uncontrolled and contain a cocktail of chemicals with mind altering properties.

Speed induces paranoia, violent mood swings, panic attacks, restlessness, psychosis, delusions, hallucinations and uncontrolled violence.

Australians have a lower concern about speed because the harmful effects are not widely known.

Speed is a mind altering narcotic that can cause death, permanent disability or shortened lives.

Methampetamine

PCMS SUBMITS RESOLUTIONS TO IMS HOUSE OF DELEGATES

RESOLUTION

Introduced by: Polk County Medical Society

Subject: Michael E. Abrams, M.D.

WHEREAS, Michael E. Abrams, M.D., passed away on January 4, 1999; a member of the Polk County Medical Society and the Iowa Medical Society

WHEREAS, he worked closely with colleagues for 27 years in the community serving the tens of thousands of patients through the Broadlawns Medical Center

WHEREAS, Dr. Abrams as Director of Combined Medical Services at Broadlawns Medical Center educated medical students and residents and fought for the medical rights of the homeless, prisoners, alcoholics, drug addicts, the poor, the depressed, the Satanic cult victims and those with chronic pain

WHEREAS, Dr. Abrams worked effortlessly to expand his experience with the growing use of methamphetamine drugs in our State, and the devastating effects on the users, their families and friends

WHEREAS, Dr. Abrams became known as an expert throughout the country and was called on nationally to provide testimony about methamphetamine and the irreversible brain damage it causes

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates posthumously recognize the great work done by Michael E. Abrams, M.D., in his on-going efforts to assist in the war against methamphetamine use and to treat all patients with dignity.

RESOLUTION

Introduced by: Polk County Medical Society

Subject: Methamphetamine Use

WHEREAS, methamphetamine is now Iowa's #1 drug problem

WHEREAS, methamphetamine use causes irreversible brain damage and devastating side effects which result in excessive use of medical services

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates support Governor Vilsack's efforts in fighting the war against the manufacture, distribution and use of methamphetamine drugs in Iowa.

RESOLUTION

Introduced by: Polk County Medical Society

Subject: Diabetes

WHEREAS, diabetes is a major disease that affects the total dollars of health care spent in the State each year

WHEREAS, coverage under some policies, contracts, third party payers or prepayment for medical expenses associated with proper diabetes control is limited to some patients

WHEREAS, diabetes mandated benefit bills are before the Iowa legislature to provide coverage for costs associated with equipment, supplies and education for the treatment of diabetes

BE IT RESOLVED, if the Iowa Legislature does not pass the SF 008 and HF 292, that the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates support efforts to have similar legislation passed in the 2000 Legislature.

DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
 to vote on resolutions at the
 IMS HOUSE OF DELEGATES, APRIL 17 & 18
 at the Des Moines Marriott

Source: PCMS SUBMITS RESOLUTIONS TO IMS HOUSE OF DELEGATES, © Polk County Medical Society

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