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Amphetamine Threat to Australia

Australian Federal Police have warned Australia is under threat of an explosion of amphetamines.

Amphetamines from the Golden Triangle in Asia are overtaking heroin as the illicit drug provided by drug criminals.

(Source: The Sunday Telegraph 17/10/04)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Australia is a target for illicit drugs because we have an increasing use of illicit drugs.

Australia MUST reduce the use of illicit drugs in order to cut off the money flowing out of Australia to terrorist and criminal organizations.

The large illicit drug market here fuels the drugs that are imported into Australia.

Relying on federal authorities to stop these drugs from entering into Australia is only part of the answer.

Deadly Ice Hits Australia

A new deadly party drug called Red Mitsubishi is now being used at parties in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

This illicit drug causes high blood pressure, high body temperature and racing pulse rates that cook the victims from the inside.

Red Mitsubishi has killed 11 users and caused dozens of overdoses.

The lethal overheating of the body gets worse when drugs commonly used by paramedics for overdoses are used to try and revive victims.

Victorian Police believe that the rapid body overheating is made worse because of the delayed effect and the possibility that users may take another tablet.

South Australian police seized 5000 Red Mitsubishi tablets recently.

Red Mitsubishi tablets are from the same family as ecstasy but with potent levels of MDMA.

(Source: Melbourne Herald Sun, 14 February 2005)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Australians are known to be high users of party drugs so a new drug on the market is likely have a big usage.

The ingredient MDMA in Red Mitsubishi and ecstasy is known to cause brain damage, depression, violent mood swings, hallucinations and paranoid delusions.

The key drug policy objective in Australia must be to reduce the pool of users of illicit drugs particularly party drugs.

Our Council supports the International Narcotics Control Board that advocates illicit drug users should not be jailed but given detoxification then rehabilitation to get them drug free.

Another Ice Death

A suspected fatal party drug death in Brisbane over Easter is expected to be caused by methamphetamine.

The 25-year-old man collapsed at a rave party and was treated for a drug overdose but died in hospital.

Police are concerned about the increasing and widespread use of party drugs at hotels, parties and nightclubs.

Methamphetamines known as grievous bodily harm and ecstasy are usually mixed with amphetamines and ketamine.

These party drug cocktails cause increased blood pressure, seizures, paranoid delusions, hallucinations, amnesia, nausea and convulsions.

(Source: Melbourne Herald Sun 18 April 2006)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Like the recent ecstasy death in Adelaide, party drugs are now becoming and increasing cause of death of young Australians.

Party drug users are not aware of the medical risks of these drugs and new chemicals are being used which cause death and medical problems before knowledge becomes available.

Drug pushers are catering for the increase in demand in Australia for party drugs, which are available in pill form and are easily available at pubs and clubs.

This increasing demand for party drugs in Australia is caused by lack of information on the risks and lack of programs that get users drug free.

Australia must provide illicit drug detoxification and rehabilitation programs to reduce the demand and substantially cut the number of users.

Ice Babies

Doctors are now treating babies addicted to the illicit drug ICE.

The addiction of the babies occurred because the mother used ICE whilst pregnant and the baby was born with the addiction.

Medical treatment of babies addicted to ICE is very difficult as they don't sleep well, feed as well, grow as well, are more difficult to comfort, cry all the time and are irritable.

Withdrawal from ICE addiction is one of the most difficult to treat as there is little information about its effects on babies.

The number and severity of babies experiencing withdrawal from ICE, heroin and amphetamines is increasing. However, methadone addicted babies are more common.

The use of illicit drugs by pregnant women increased the risk of the baby being born addicted, prematurely, with low birth weight and a range of pregnancy complications.

Other concerns include the ongoing impact on the child being reared in an environment where illicit drugs are used.

(Source: Sunday Mail, Adelaide, 29 April 2007)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Babies of addicted pregnant women need to be protected.

Pregnant women that use illicit drugs need special detoxification and rehabilitation programs to deal with the addiction of both the mother and their babies.

One of the major benefits of diverting women of child bearing age into detoxification and rehabilitation when they are known illicit drug users is that innocent children will also be protected.

Bikie Gangs Push Speed

Outlaw motorbike gangs have a strong involvement in producing amphetamines particularly with small and versatile laboratories.

These motorbike gangs control amphetamine production and distribution particularly around some areas of Sydney.

The most common amphetamine used in Australia is SPEED.

Amphetamine prices are increasing with the price of an ounce at up to $10,000 in the Australian Capital Territory which is the highest in Australia.

Queensland has the highest number of clandestine laboratories detected in Australia having more than half of all laboratories.

A program by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to identify purchasers of the drugs used to produce SPEED may be having a beneficial effect in reducing supply of the ingredients of SPEED.

However, drug criminals may resort to obtaining the SPEED ingredients from overseas instead.

SPEED arrests account for 15 per cent of all drug arrests nationally, second only to cannabis.

(Source: Australian Crime Commission, Illicit Drug Data Report, 2005/6)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Criminal gangs change drug supply depending on demand so that if heroin is in a drought they switch to other illicit drugs for money.

If supply of ingredients is blocked in Australia the criminal simply change to importing from overseas.

The key policy is to reduce the drug using population in order to reduce demand which will cut funds to these criminals.

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THE DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS

More detoxification & rehabilitation that gets illicit drug users drug free.
Court ordered and supervised detoxification & rehabilitation.
Less illicit drug users, drug pushers and drug related crimes.

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