In recent years, Australia has seen a major increase in crystal meth use. It’s gotten so severe that health officials are searching for answers on how to save the lives of their citizens. It’s similar to the recent opiate addiction crisis seen in the United States.
Crystal Meth is a very toxic and addictive substance that can cause severe damage to the brain and central nervous system. Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested orally. The high that meth produces includes excited speech, decreased appetite, increased physical activity, and elevated levels of energy. Consequences of meth use include memory loss, aggression, violence, psychotic behavior, and agitation. Meth can also cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain which can lead to strokes. These are only some of the severe health consequences associated with this drug. On a three point scale, meth has a dependence rating of 2.24, according to addiction and treatment magazine The Fix.
Apparently, the use of crystal meth in Australia is becoming extreme. What makes the problem dangerous is that meth is cheap to make and easy to distribute. It’s a common problem in rural areas where teens and young adults can learn to make the drug very easily. In fact, the problem in Australia is becoming so severe that their residential drug treatment centers are forming waiting lines for people needing treatment. This could actually worsen the problem because of the critical window that exists for addicts who want to get sober before cravings begin to set in again. It’s possible that those who are seeking drug addiction treatment in Australia might turn to finding treatment in the United States if options are not available in their home country.
Since 2010-2013, the crystal meth addiction epidemic in Australia has shown an incredible increase in use. In order to meet the growing problem, health officials are looking at two primary ways to battle the epidemic – treatment and education. One way the Australian government is working to spread the dangerous news about the drug is by launching a six-week $9 million campaign, which is aimed primarily at the younger population in the country.
Although the major epidemic in American most recently has been with opiates, the United States is not a stranger to crystal meth. In fact, it’s a drug that created its own American epidemic in the 1990’s. It’s a highly addictive drug that can easily lead to overdose and death. If you or someone you know is struggling with Crystal Meth, you should know that there is help available, such as Crystal Meth Anonymous. To access 12-step meetings that address addictions to crystal meth, visit the national Crystal Meth Anonymous site.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a crystal meth addiction, contact a mental health professional today.
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